By Gary Buiso
She was there to protect and serve.
A number of workers at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island who were sifting the rubble from the 9/11 attacks reported seeing a female ghost holding a tray of sandwiches, a new book reveals.
“I thought she was trying to help us, being first responders,” said retired NYPD Lt. Frank Marra, author of “From Landfill to Hallowed Ground.”
The specter was African-American, dressed in white, in the style of a Red Cross worker during World War II, Marra recalled.
Marra said he saw her a few times, always from more than 50 yards away. And each time, as he strained to make sense of what he was seeing — the ghostly lady vanished.
“But you could clearly see it was a person,” he said.
Now retired and living in Millstone, NJ, Marra, 48, said he initially buried the memory of the spirit.
But he remembered in 2013, when he was conducting interviews for the book.
A retired crime-scene detective asked him, “You ever hear the stories about the old Red Cross worker trying to serve sandwiches and coffee out by the sifters?”
“It hit me like a ton of bricks — I had put that dormant. And it just reminded me that I remembered seeing her,” Marra said.
Other cops also witnessed this apparition and other strange things, including shadows and “large black masses,” claimed Marra, who was the supervisor of the World Trade Center vehicle impound section of the landfill and is the son of a high-ranking NYPD chief.
A psychic medium has since explained to him he might have seen a spirit called a “soul collector” — guiding people to the afterlife, Marra said.
Parts and fragments of bodies found in the wreckage helped identify 1,600 people — but the remains of 1,000 victims were never found, he noted.
Marra wondered aloud: “How many had their ashes and remains uprooted and brought to this place? Why isn’t their presence believable?”