By Leigh Ann RutledgeAccent Editor
As the 10th anniversary of the9/11 attacks approaches,
PastorMike Doak wants us toremember those who lost andgave their
lives for the UnitedStates of America.
Pastor Doak of Church ofChrist Christian Disciples ofCarrollton
is the featuredspeaker at the 912 Project Cere-mony set for Sept.
10 at 7 p.m.in Carrollton High School gym.The 912 Project was
establishedto remind citizens how the USwas united as a nation the
dayafter the 9/11 attacks whenrace, political choice and
religionwerent the focus.
Pastor Doak has a viewpointon the attacks and how thecountry
responded that is differ-ent but also similar to the ma-jority of
citizens. He was one ofthe few people to be onsite at thePentagon
and Ground Zero theday of the attacks. Reflectingback on that
surreal time, he re-members the little things, thatout of a
tremendous tragedy, thespirit of the US shows and lifegoes on.
I remember it was such abeautiful day. The sun wasshining, the
sky was clear, justbeautiful, he said.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001Mike Doak, special agent in
charge of the Technical Surveil-lance and Forensic Science
Divi-sion of the US TreasuryDepartment, and his unit werein
Norfolk, VA, participating in ajoint training exercise with
theNaval Amphibious Group, whichbegan at 7 a.m. As odd as itseems
now, the cooperativetraining was aimed at assessingasymmetrical
(not governmentsponsored) terrorist organiza-tions and evaluating
tronic capabilities, said Doak.These training sessions are
heldperiodically. Sort of a war gameswith electronic devices.
Eachpart of the group has a part toplay. We were trying to see
howquickly we could lock onto theirsignals and ei-ther decrypt
At 8:50 a.m.a steady cas-cade of partici-pant pagersbegan to go
off.The early re-ports we re-ceived said alight commer-cial
aircraftstrayed offcourse andstruck thenorth tower ofthe World
TradeCenter, ex-plained Doak.Within min-utes, the as-sessment
wasupgraded, in-t e r c e p t o r slaunched andthe Federal
Avi-ation Adminis-tration (FAA)ordered all pri-vate and com-mercial
aircraftto land imme-diately. Doaknoted it is hisopinion whenthe
FAAgrounded allaircrafts, theyprobably savedmore lives.
At 9:20 a.m.,the Secretary ofTreasury ad-vised DoaksEmergency
Re-sponse Team(ERT) to respond to the Pentagonand initiate the
continuity of op-erations plans (COOP) restoringcommunication on a
local, stateand federal level.
Doak arrived at the Pentagon at11:45 a.m. His group
deployedCP-Majestic, which was theirrolling communications fleet.
By3:30 p.m., secure communica-tions and a rescue/recovery planwere
in place at the Pentagon andDoak and his ERT were sent toGround
Zero at the World Trade
Center in New York City. The AT&T Telecommunica-
tions Building is located acrossthe street from the Twin
Towers.The entire communication sys-tem for Manhattan and its
Bur-roughs is located in the AT&T
building. When the towers werehit, a large beam from one of
thetowers was propelled into theside of the AT&T building.
AT&Tofficials knew how to get theirsystem up and running if
therewas water damage, but had noidea how to protect and restore
itafter fire damage. Officials de-cided to shut the entire
systemdown, thus knocking out allmodes of communication, result-ing
in no landline or cellularservice inbound or outboundfrom Manhattan
for two weeks.
Plus the damage to theTwin Towers severely de-graded the Secret
Ser-vices ability to managesecure White Housec o m m u n i c a t i
o n s .
Tower 7 in the World Trade Cen-ter Complex housed SecretService
offices. Doak and histeam were needed to set up acommunication
system for alllevels of government, which be-came known as the
board for Ground Zero. The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-
mile long tunnel under theHudson River, connecting Wee-hawken,
NJ, and the borough ofManhattan in New York City.Three tubes carry
six lanes oftraffic, close to 120,000 vehiclesper day, making it
one of thebusiest vehicular tunnels in theworld.
The ERT group traveling inCP Majestic, entered the Lin-coln
Tunnel at 11:30 p.m. Itwas eerily surreal. We werethe only vehicle
in the tunneland that never happens, saidDoak. The only sound
wasour siren. A member ofDoaks team is a Vietnam vet-eran and was
among the sol-
diers treated badly upon his re-turn from the war. When we
ex-ited the Lincoln Tunnel, we weregreeted by your average-Joe
NewYorkers standing there offeringbottles of water, waving flags
andcheering us on. My friend was
astonished. Seeingthe response of thepeople, he was pow-erfully
overcome. Itwas a healing forhim, he had comefull circle. This
wasone of many of thelittle pockets ofwonder sprinkledwithin
Once on-scene,the team estab-lished a repeater siteat the FBI
JointCommand Post Fa-cility and workednon-stop for thenext 72 hours
es-tablishing encryptedsatellite, cellularand landline
com-munication links.Being the Switch-board of GroundZero, they had
theonly fax machinesand burnt up threeof them processingmessages
from 39federal agencies.Doak and his teamwere responsible
forgetting communica-tions up and run-ning to have asecure landing
zonefor President GeorgeW. Bush when hevisited Ground Zero.For the
next 12weeks, they helpedwith rescue and re-covery efforts,
gath-ered and processedforensic evidenceand recovered files
and evidence lost in the collapseof Building 6 (US CustomsHouse
Resident Agencies) and 7,the Secret Service offices.
Doak noted the site was acloud of dust that gave it anair of
unbelievability. All debrisfrom the area was transported toa
forensic facility at Staten Is-land where it was sifted and
searched for remains and perti-nent information needed
byfamilies of those killed in the at-tacks. Members of Doaks
teamassisted in this process.
His team also helped gatherfiles and evidence from theTreasury
office in Tower 6. Theexplosion at the Twin Towerscaused a reaction
that practi-cally sucked the insides out ofthe building, stairwells
weregone, along with drywall andceiling tiles. Doak was one ofthe
men who went inside theunstable building. We knewwhich offices were
on what floorand where to look for items, hesaid. We were gathering
infor-mation on one of the floors, andthe walls are gone, but there
sitsthe secretarys Rolodex on thecorner of her desk, unscathed.And
the window blinds were bil-lowing in the breeze. The win-dows were
gone but the blindswere intact. Doak calls theRolodex and window
blindsmore of those pockets of won-der or so-called normalcy inthe
scope of the situation.
He feels these little pockets ofwonder were signs that life
goeson. I went to find coffee for mycrew about 6 a.m. Sept. 12
andwas walking along and saw awheel assembly from an air-plane
lying on the ground neara building. I looked at it in akind of
disbelief, Doak ex-plained. Then I looked directlyacross from the
wheel assem-bly and saw a bagel cart coveredwith soot and ash with
the ro-tisserie still rotating and bagelson it. (The rotisseries in
bagelcarts run off a car battery.)
Doak admits he and his team,along with a lot of respondersare
somewhat desensitized tothe situation at the time be-cause they are
there to do theirjob. We were used to living outof a suitcase, not
knowing whatis coming next, he said. It allgoes to back to those
littlethings. We received passengerlists from the planes,
mani-festos, so much information.Then a fax came in telling aworker
his wife had given birthand they were both fine.
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ACTIVITIESSept. 10 - Agriculture, Natural
Resources & Conservation Expoat McClester/Kenwood Farm,4701
Meter Rd., Mechanicstown.Exhibits, demonstrations, youthevents. For
info call 330-627-9852.
Sept. 10 - Dancing on theBridge, Malvern. Arts &
crafts,food, entertainment, vehicleshow. For info, call
Sept. 12 - Carroll Co. Board ofElections regular board meetingat
9 a.m. in the board office.
Sept. 12 - NOTE DATECHANGE! PERI meeting at noonat Ponderosa.
Speaker is OllieHawkins, superintendent of Car-roll Golden Age
Sept. 14 - Carroll Co. HumaneSociety Rabies Clinic 5:30-7 p.m.at
Carroll County Fairgrounds.Cost is $7 for dogs, cats and fer-rets.
No pregnant animals. Allanimals must be on a leash orcaged.
Sept. 17 - Car Seat Check 10a.m. to 1 p.m. at HuebnerChevrolet,
1155 Canton Rd.,Carrollton. For info, contact Car-roll Co. Health
Dept. at 330-627-4866.
Sept. 17 - Carrollton Class of1943 reunion at Ponderosa from11
a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 18 - Turkey Shoot atLeesville Property Owners, 5480Autumn
Rd., Carrollton. Doorsopen at 10 a.m.
Sept. 18 - Lake Mohawk FallFest - Open to public 11 a.m. to5
p.m. Crafts, demonstrations,entertainment. For info or re-serve
your craft space, call 330-863-1031.
Sept. 24 - Scarecrows on theSquare, Carrollton. Fun activi-ties!
For info, visitwww.carrollcountyartscenter.org.
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A Civil War Tea is planned for Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. atthe
McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton.
Guests will be seated outside on the back porch,
weatherpermitting, and will be served by members of the 1860sLadies
Study Group in period clothing.
Cost is $5 per person and includes a tour of the museum,hot and
cold tea, open face sandwiches, cookies and sweets.Reservations not
required. The event is open to the public.
From left is Shirley Anderson, curator of the McCookHouse Civil
War Museum, Kay Gotschall and Haley Leslie, 4,of Carrollton.
Pixie Furbee, (left) and Marjorie Sanderson hold the Pay
ItForward quilt being auctioned at the Sept. 18 Hospice event.
The second annual Treasuresof Time will take place Sept. 16at
Days Inn of Carrollton.
This event raises funds forCommunity Hospice patient carein
Carroll County. Everyone isencouraged to bring one itemfrom the
following categories tobe appraised: glassware, coins,jewelry,
watches, military andfirearms, pottery, china and col-lectibles.
Appraisals can be doneon toys, linens, quilts, primitivesand small
A pay it forward quilt will beauctioned during the live
auc-tion. The family of a patientserved by Community Hospice
ofCarroll County several years agodonated the quilt. The quilt
win-ner will have the option to keepthe item for him or herself
orhold the quilt for a year and do-nate the quilt to a non-profit
or-ganization of their choice to useas a fundraiser. This is the
sec-ond time the quilt has made itsway to a Community
The event features a silentauction from 1-2:30 p.m. fol-
lowed by a live auction at 3 p.m.While tickets are required for
thesilent auction and to have an
appraisal, the live auction isopen to the public.
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Pay it Forward quilt will beauctioned during Hospice event
Tea time at McCook House
Lest We Forget istheme of 9-11 event
A 9-11 remembrence cere-mony is Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. atthe
Carrollton High Schoolgymnasium.
The theme for the event isLest We Forget. This eventcoincides
with the 10th an-niversary of the 9-11 attacks.
Speakers include PastorMike Doak, Rick Eddy, AllanFurbee and
Those attending are askedto dress in red, white and blue.
For more information con-tact Lisa Walker at 330-739-0025.
HEALING BEGINS. Americans began the healing process and watched
in awe as the twinlight beams lit up the New York skyline following
the September 11 attacks. This photo, pro-vided to Pastor Mike Doak
by one of his crew members, shows the Statue of Liberty taking ona
AT LEFT: The AT&T Communications Building sustained dam-age
as a result of a beam from one of the Twin Towers piercingthe other
side of the building. An American flag showed thecountrys
CENTER. Four days after the attack on the Twin Towers,
crewsworked round the clock to search for victims. The South
Tower,still partially standiing, is shown the background.
ABOVE. Members of Mike Doaks crew sort through the rubblefour
days after the attacks.