Volunteers at Ground Zero Now Face a Demand for Proof

On the day the terrorists flew into the World Trade Center, the Wu-Tang Clan canceled its meeting with a record mixer named Richard Oliver, so Mr. Oliver rushed downtown from his Hell’s Kitchen apartment to help out.

Jaime Hazan could only dig up this photograph as proof he was a ground zero volunteer. He said he was the man in the mask and dark T-shirt with his back to the camera.

He said he spent three sleepless days at ground zero, tossing body bags. “Then I went home, ate, crashed, woke up,” he said. He had left his Dr. Martens boots on the landing outside his apartment, where he said they “had rotted away.”

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