September 9, 2011
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Payson man was part of incident command team called up to help New York City officials
Ten years after Sept. 11, 2001, Dan Eckstein can still remember the memorials — the sight of thousands of posters and notes with MISSING, COME HOME plastered all over New York City. Eckstein, of Payson, was on one of the only commercial flights the day after the attack, joining thousands of emergency personnel in the city. Eckstein recalls some of the more poignant moments he witnessed in the 34 days he spent just a few miles from Ground Zero helping others rebuild a country — from President George Bush’s pledge to rescuers that the U.S. would fight back against terrorism to the outpouring of support and supplies that flooded in overwhelming even the convention center. Like most people, Eckstein was getting ready for the start of a new day — watching the news on TV from home.