CROSS, SC (WCSC) - It's been 11 years since George Dobson made a life changing decision. As an EMT in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Dobson dealt with loss on a daily basis. But on the morning of September 11th, 2001, Dobson decided to help on the front lines of one of the worst terrorists attacks on American soil.
"I went in[to work] and saw it on TV," said Dobson. "I was like, 'I got to go.'
The former EMT says the morning of September 11th started like any other but once he saw what was happening two hours away in New York City things changed quickly.
Now living in Cross, SC, Dobson says he left for the city almost immediately after hearing a call for help from New York EMTs.
One hour and a half later he was at ground zero.
"When we first got there you couldn't see your hand in front of your face," said Dobson. "We were walking through ankle deep debris. The smells were overwhelming. I was speechless. I stood in awe until I finally realized you're here and you have to start working."
Dobson worked to rehab firefighters who searched through what was left of the twin towers. He was one of the leaders who set up a field hospital for the wounded a few blocks away.
But after six hours, Dobson said the hospital was converted to a morgue.
"It was a real drop in spirit," said Dobson. "It was really heartbreaking to realize so many people had lost their lives."
After working three straight days, with only pockets of sleep, Dobson forced himself to return home to Pennsylvania. He said the conditions pushed him to his limit and other workers came in to relieve him.
"Leaving was really hard," he said. "That was one of the toughest things that I had to do in my life."
Even 11 years after the towers fell, Dobson still doesn't consider himself a hero.
"I was just another EMT on the job... doing his job," said Dobson.
But his girlfriend Bridget Romero says otherwise.
"Here is someone who is actually going in, not caring about himself but just caring about others, and that's a very rare quality and that's why I say I'm very proud of him," said Romero. "He's my hero even though he doesn't want to be told he's a hero."