114 PEOPLE WERE KILLED.. The PHOTOS OF THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE COLLAPSE IN 1981 ARE DEVASTATING, BUT THEY’RE ONLY PHOTOS.. They CAN’T BEGIN TO CONVEY WHAT PEOPLE THERE SAW HEARD, FELT AND EVEN SMELLED.. I SPOKE TO THE DOCTOR, WHO FOUND HIMSELF IN CHARGE OF THE RESCUE EFFORT AND A WOMAN WHO WAS PULLED FROM BENEATH THE RUBBLE. Some OF HIS MEMORIES ARE AS CLEAR AS EVER. While MANY OF HERS ARE GONE. THE SCENE OUTSIDE THE HYATT HOTEL AT CROWN CENTER THAT FRIDAY NIGHT WAS TERRIBLE WITH LIGHTS, FLASHING OVER CROWDS OF WORRIED ONLOOKERS AND SEVERELY INJURED PEOPLE IN THE STREETS., THE SCENE INSIDE WAS SO MUCH WORSE.. Dr. Joe Waeckerle quotYou know the smell of blood, but you don’t know the smell of carnage. Quoti walked in and there were electrical wires swinging and arcing. There was water running out of the pipes which had been severed by the skywalk collapses. … quotI distinctly. Remember my Oh, My God moment.quot DR. JOE WAECKERLE, THEN AN EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN AT BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER TOLD ME THAT THERE WERE SO MANY DEAD OR GRAVELY INJURED THAT HE DOESN’T REMEMBER WHO HE WENT TO FIRST.. He SET TO WORK ON A TASK BOTH COMPLETELY NECESSARY AND ALMOST UNTHINKABLE. Dr. Joe Waeckerle quotIdentify, the people who are going to die, no matter what you doquot quotpeople that are going to live, no matter what you doquot quotand, then the people in the middle that have A chance to live if you can intervene and those are who you go after.
quot THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING, WAECKERLE LED MUCH OF THE MEDICAL EFFORT. Dr. Joe Waeckerle quotWe tried to assign people to talk with the people in trapped, pockets.quot, MAKING ONE GRIM DESIGNATION. After ANOTHER. Dr. Joe Waeckerle quotI was covered in glass, I was covered in cutsquot quotThe whole world turned off.quot Sally Firestone quotI was on the edge of the skywalk quotlike a crack. That’s. All I remember.quot SALLY FIRESTONE WAS THERE THAT NIGHT TOO, BUT UNFORTUNATELY SHE ARRIVED LONG BEFORE WAECKERLE DID. SHE’D COME TO HER SECOND TEA DANCE WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND WAS STANDING ON THE SECOND FLOOR SKYWALK.. She DOESN’T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT THAT NIGHT AND TOLD ME SHE PREFERS IT THAT WAY. Sally Firestone, quotMy neck was broken. One leg was broken, the other had a hairline fracture. And I lost most of my blood through scalp lacerations.quot quotI was told they didn’t really expect me to live.quot THE COLLAPSE, PARALED SALLY FROM THE SHOULDERS DOWN AND PUT HER IN A WHEELCHAIR FOR THE REST OF HER Life. Taylor, Hemness quotWhat, have you learned about who you are since you’ve been put in this chairquot Sally Firestone quotAmazed that I could handle it as well as I did.quot quotI wasn’t, the kind of person that blames God or anyone for what happenedquot quotthe? Why might be what if I hadn’t gone, what would my life be like., but the what ifs you can play as much as you want. It’s? What you are actually doing now, that is meaningful.
quot SALLY, HAS MADE MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTIONS TO KANSAS CITY FOR YEARS SERVING ON MULTIPLE BOARDS, ESPECIALLY ADVOCATING THE ARTS. SHE’S, A CURRENT BOARD MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM., DR. WAECKERLE OR DR. JOE, AS HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE Under THE RUBBLE THAT AWFUL NIGHT STILL PRACTICES MEDICINE. AND HIS PATIENTS, WHETHER THEY KNOW IT OR NOT, ARE BENEFITTING BECAUSE OF A DECADES OLD TRAGEDY. Dr. Joe Waeckerle, quotLife and death is totally different to me now because of things like this.quot quotI think it changed me as Person more than as a doctor.quot, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT DR. WAECKERLE, AS WELL AS ALMOST EVERY OTHER PERSON I SPOKE TO FOR OUR COVERAGE OF THIS ANNIVERSARY, COMMENTED ON THE INCREDIBLE EFFORTS OF RESCUE PERSONNEL THAT FRIDAY NIGHT IN 1981.