Video Interview: New Smyrna Beach's Bob Tolley recalls son's body-bag duty at Ground Zero

Headline Surfer video (formerly / New Smyrna Beach resident Bob Tolley speaks with the internet news outlet about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, including the younger of his two sons, William Tolley, a NYC firefighter, who worked it that night and his time at the Twin Towers prior to the terrorist attacks.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- New Smyrna Beach's Bob Tolley is a fixture at local government meetings in his role as citizen watchdog. He also writes an occasional blog for the internet news site.  

The elder Tolley's remembrances and thoughts on 9/11 are presented here in a video on the eve of 9/11 because of the impact of the terrorist attacks on the younger of his two sons, William, a firefighter, who had the grim task of removing bodies from Ground Zero that night.  

Tolley, himself had a connection to the World Trade Center himself -- having worked out of a cubicle in the North Tower for several years until March of 2001. 

"Anyone who lived through time (in the Towers), lives this every day," Tolley said, adding there were people he knew who didn't make it out alive that day. He said it's something his firefighter son remembers every day, too. 

"My son worked the pile that night," Tolley recalled in the video, referring to body-bag duty. You can click on the video above for Bob Tolley's sentiments on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and what it means to him and to his son.


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.