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Lifander, who now lives in South Carolina, appeared at a 9/11 anniversary event for firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C. He claimed that he was at Ground Zero, as captain of Ladder 133, which lost 12 men that day, but Lifander was really just on Long Island (he was part of a volunteer firefighting organization there). Apparently real FDNY firefighters found out about Lifander's act and were pissed. The real captain of Ladder 133 during 9/11, Bill Youngson, told Blue Ridge Now, "I'm outraged. I'm sick and tired of people standing up and telling people these stories for a little bit of glory. People have cancer, I have asthma and we paid our dues. In six months, we buried more people than you've ever seen and to read this story — this lie — it has to stop. Put that guy on the wall of shame.
I'm outraged. I'm sick and tired of people standing up and telling people these stories for a little bit of glory