Dentists’ Role Vital in Aftermath of 9/11
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Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. As we commemorate the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country, we honor the victims and their families and express gratitude to those who worked tirelessly in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Two of our Dental Product Shopper evaluators, Dr. Glen Goldstein and Dr. Kent Caserta, played a crucial role in identifying victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
Glen Goldstein, DMD of Randolph, New Jersey, helped identify victims of both the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the subsequent crash of American Airlines flight 587.
Goldstein tells Dental Product Shopper about his experience:
One of my patients, Nick Rowe, was on the top floor of the World Trade Center and was lost that day. His loss and my commitment to give back gave me urgency to help in any way I could. I spent many months on Fridays going to New York and working at the medical examiner’s office. What I saw was horrific and very difficult for all, but I was honored to help bring closure to the families of all of those innocent victims.
There were also many touching moments when first responders were found. I will never forget when a young firefighter was bought in, and his father, who was also a firefighter, stood by his side. Memories like that are etched in my mind forever. Never Forget and God Bless America.
On September 11, 2003, Dr. Goldstein received a commendation from the office of New York’s Chief Medical Examiner for his services as a member of the NY Identification Unit. He is an active Member of the NY disaster preparedness team based in Kings County, NY and operates a private dental practice in Randolph, NJ.
Kent Caserta, DDS of Willoughby, Ohio, is a Forensic Odontologist who was part of the 9/11 recovery team and helped identify victims of the tragedy. In addition to working with 9/11 victims and their families, he was also present after Hurricane Katrina and the tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri.
Dr. Caserta serves as a consultant to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, and he belongs to DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team). As a part of DMORT, which is a Federal Level Response Team, Dr. Caserta provides mortuary assistance in the case of a mass fatality incident. He owns a private practice in general dentistry in Willoughby, OH.
I’m sure the families of the 9/11 victims are forever grateful for the diligence and dedication of these dentists and the thousands of others who volunteered their services. The world is a better place because of people like them. United we stand!