The Marine who found two WTC survivors.

The Marine who found two WTC survivors.

The Marine who found two WTC survivors.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Sept. 10 2003 3:23 PM

An Unlikely Hero

Thursday marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Last September, on the first anniversary, Rebecca Liss wrote about one of Ground Zero's less-heralded rescue workers. Dave Karnes was neither a cop nor a firefighter, but when the Twin Towers collapsed, the former Marine from Connecticut donned his uniform, drove to Ground Zero, walked onto the burning pile, and, with the help of another Marine, located two trapped survivors long after the professional rescuers were pulled back out of legitimate caution.