Sarasota, Florida - On September 11, many first responders lost their lives trying to save others. On that day, one Bay area firefighter found himself in the wrong place at the right time.
10 News Reporter Isabel Mascarenas spoke to James Mattera 10 years ago after his return from Ground Zero. In our continuing coverage of 9-11, Isabel visits with this Sarasota firefighter once again a decade later.
"We were driving in. All the people were going the other way," said Mattera.
Ten years ago on September 11, 26-year-old Sarasota firefighter James Mattera answered the call to serve. "Someone called, said, 'Hey, a plane hit one of the towers,'" he recalls.
He was vacationing with a friend in Boston at the time. Mattera says, "When we realized the tower had collapsed, we looked at each other for a lack of drama said, 'Let's go.'"