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Women at Ground Zero

Submitted by on 1, September 18, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Mary Carouba and Susan Hagen were bothered by the fact that the struggles and heroism of women police, firefighters and paramedics were being ignored by the media in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Even though they had no contacts, no press credentials and no funding, the two Northern California writers headed to New York to do something about it.

They returned with the stories of more than 30 women who responded to the tragedy, which they compiled into a book called “Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion.” And they’ll tell those stories, and their own, at a fundraising event here in Alameda on Friday night.

The women are the keynote speakers for the Alameda Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association fundraiser, which is being held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Auctions by the Bay Theater 2700 Saratoga Street. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students, and $20 general, and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Proceeds from the event, which includes a book signing by the pair, will go toward scholarships for women pursuing careers as first responders.

Their efforts have also led to a scholarship fund for future first responders plus an all-expenses-paid wine country trip for the women featured in the book and a forthcoming documentary film.

More information about the project is available here.

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