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James Hanlon is a filmmaker and New York City fireman who was responsible for taking much of the iconic film footage of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Hanlon became a New York City Firefighter in 1994 and was assigned to the Duane Street firehouse. In May 2001, the New York City Fire Department offered him access to film Duane Street’s Engine 7, Ladder 1 with the intention of chronicling a new firefighter’s journey up through the ranks. On September 11, the film was changed forever. Hanlon partnered with two French filmmakers, Gedeon and Jules Naudet. The trio were taping at the Duane Street firehouse on 9/11-footage that would eventually become the basis for the documentary which became “9/11”.
Hanlon, who is now retired from the NYFD, is also an actor. He has appeared in more than 30 plays, as well as films and television shows. Recently, he has guest-starred on “Law and Order” and “NYPD Blue.”