Ground Zero

‘Stay calm, keep moving. You’re getting out of here.’ The firefighter lifted me up. The lights faded, water filling at my feet. Panic set in.’: 9/11 survivor thanks firefighter for saving her life, ‘I will live each day to its fullest, never in vain of his heroism’

“Moments after I escaped, I heard the loudest rumble I’ve ever heard in my life. ‘Run!’ Thousands began to sprint, trampling over one another. The South Tower was collapsing. Even after evacuating the building, we were not safe. Covered in white debris and black ash, the real terror set in. My parents began funeral arrangements.”

‘My daughter arrived on 9/11. I woke up to see the first tower falling. I thought my family was watching an action movie.’: Mother gives birth on September 11th, ‘I was not emotionally OK’

“My OBGYN came in to check on me while not knowing where her own husband was at Ground Zero. I was in a hospital where they were calling in extra nurses and doctors for the casualties that should be arriving, but never came. Everyone knows where they were on 9/11, but I lived that day in a strange reality.”

‘Hon, I know if you’re alive, you’ll make it out.’ I could see the Pentagon from my office. I was 32 weeks pregnant.’: Military couple recalls ‘pure fury’ felt by 9/11 attack, realizes ‘we are a part of history’

“After the first plane hit, my Senior Intelligence Officer was in my office. When the second plane hit, I looked at her. ‘Cathy, this isn’t an accident.’ The phones started ringing. It struck us – all at the same time – my husband was in that building. Our son was home with our nanny. ‘Is Daddy’s shirt ripped?,’ he asked as he saw people streaming out of ‘Daddy’s Pentagon’ as he called it.”

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