City releases tapes of emergency calls on September 11th
On Friday, New York City released partial recordings of 130 emergency calls made on September 11th. After a three-year long court battle, some families of September 11th victims are able to hear the 911 telephone calls. The tapes were released because the New York Times and the families of nine victims filed a Freedom of Information Act. In requesting the release of the tapes, they said revealing the tapes would be beneficial to the entire city. The city released the operators? portion of the emergency calls. Officials say out of respect for the victims, any identifying information has been withheld. Some family members say the tapes, although incomplete, give them some closure. Officials say the 130 recordings spanned approximately nine hours. Some families have been given tapes with both the operators and victims? voices and are releasing them to the public individually.