Local eye doctor was a first responder Sept. 11

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 9 at 8:44 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11)- As we approach the anniversary of  Sept.11, memories come flooding back to all of us.  Especially for a local doctor at Bennett and Bloom Eye Center in Jeffersonville who was one of the first people to arrive.
 
“It was a scene I still describe as a scene from a sci-fi movie, post nuclear war, kind of picture,” said Dr. Inder Singal.  He was one of the first doctors to arrive at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11.
 
“Walking to the World Trade Center was an experience that I will not forget ever.  Blocks away from the World Trade Center site you could start to see the destruction,” said Singal.  The ophthalmologist was doing his residency in New York at the time and came prepared to treat thousands for eye injuries.  But he soon realized few civilians were injured, most had already died.
 
“We treated hundreds of firefighters and police officers and aid workers who had gathered there to help,” said Singal. “This is what we went into medicine for this is why we chose the profession.  You see those suffering and you take care of them, you help out.”
 
Singal kept the clothes he wore that day, unwashed. They remain a reminder of that moment in time.
 
“I kept my attire that I wore that day including my boots and scrubs and I looked at them two days ago for the first time.  I remember walking in these soot covered streets up to my ankles.”
 
 

To see complete coverage and to share your memories of 9/11 visit our Remembering 9/11 page.

 

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