Chief Orio Palmer
Chief Orio Palmer – WTC victim. Chief of Battalion 7, FDNY, Manhattan.
- Transcript of FDNY radio communications on 9/11:
Battalion Chief Orio Palmer took an elevator to the 41st floor of the
South Tower, then climbed the stairs to the 78th floor. With him was
Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, who had climbed the stairs from the ground
floor. They were the first firefighters to reach an airplane impact
zone in either the North or South Tower. According to the 9/11
Commission Report, United Flight 175 impacted the South Tower, "crashing
through the 77th to 85th floors".
Chief Palmer: "Battalion Seven ... Ladder 15, we've got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock it down with two lines. Radio that, 78th floor numerous 10-45 Code Ones."
Ladder 15: "What stair are you in, Orio?"
Battalion Seven Aide: "Seven Alpha to lobby command post."
Ladder Fifteen: "Fifteen to Battalion Seven."
Chief Palmer: "... Ladder 15."
Ladder 15: "Chief, what stair you in?"
Chief Palmer: "South stairway Adam, South Tower."
Ladder 15: "Floor 78?"
Chief Palmer: "Ten-four, numerous civilians, we gonna need two engines up here."
Ladder 15: "Alright ten-four, we're on our way."
Battalion Seven Aide: "Seven Alpha for Battalion Seven."
Chief Palmer: "South tower, Steve, south tower, tell them ...Tower one."
Chief Palmer: "Fifteen."
Chief Palmer: "I'm going to need two of your firefighters, Adam stairway, to knock down two fires. We have a house line stretched we could use some water on it, knock it down, kay."
Ladder 15: "Alright ten-four, we're coming up the stairs. We're on 77 now in the B stair, I'll be right to you."
Ladder 15 Roof: "Fifteen Roof to 15. We're on 71. We're coming right up."
"Division 3 ... lobby command, to the Fieldcom command post."
Chief Palmer: "Operations Tower One to floor above Battalion Nine."
Battalion Nine Chief: "Battalion Nine to command post."
Battalion Seven Operations Tower One: "Battalion Seven Operations Tower One to Battalion Nine, need you on floor above 79. We have access stairs going up to 79, kay."
Battalion Nine: "Alright, I'm on my way up, Orio."
Two minutes later, at 9:58:59, the South Tower collapsed in 10 seconds. http://911research.wtc7.net
- Editor's note: Chief Palmer's calm assessment of the situation and his confidence that the "two isolated pockets of fire" can be controlled with two more firefighters raises doubts about the existence of raging fires at the impact point hot enough to substantially weaken steel, which according to the official account caused the collapse of the South Tower two minutes after his last radio message. See also Edna Cintron.