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DeWitt Sheriff recalls possibility of being part of 9/11 search, rescue effort

By JR Ortega
May 2, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.


CUERO - Jode Zavesky was patrolling DeWitt County the morning the twin towers came down in New York.

He was a constable and had gone into the office. When he got there, he saw the chaos flashing across the television screen.

That day was Sept. 11, 2001.

But Sunday night was different when a more positive message flashed across the screen: Osama bin Laden is dead.

"I'm really happy to see that the U.S. was able to follow through and actually catch him," said the 53-year-old DeWitt County sheriff. "It's one of the greatest moments since I've been alive."

The opportunity to be a part of the search and rescue efforts had come up for Zavesky, who had been protected from the direct impact of the terroristic attack by a television screen.

Zavesky was part of a Texas task force of firefighters. At that time he worked for the Victoria Fire Department. They were put on stand by as per protocol.

The team was never deployed.

But on Monday afternoon, the thought of 'what if he had gone' entered his mind.

"I'd feel anger, of course, like everyone else," he said. "I couldn't wait to go out there and help."

Bin Laden's death was a reassurance that the U.S. is on the right track, he said.

"It's an incredible amount of destruction that he caused," he said. "More than anything, I'm just so proud of the U.S."

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