An old friend from IL sent this to me recently. Its hard to believe that its been 13 years since this horrible day. Ive always remembered people saying how they remember where they were and what they were doing during events like Kennedy being shot…or the Pearl Harbor attack. These were always older people…friends of my parents and grandparents and such. I never took it too seriously until 9/11. I can remember that morning like a video tape being played in my head.

My wife had recently moved to NYC about three months before the attacks. I was wrapping up a few things in IL before I moved out there as well. Still an Ironworker at the time, I never imagined that my first job in NYC would be as part of the recovery effort.

My wife, Heather, was in a taxi cab on her way to a meeting at 1 Wold Financial which is next to the twin towers. Not knowing that a plane had hit the towers, her party thought something like a kitchen or microwave fire had happened. Upon getting closer, the drama intensified as she exited the cab in the midst of the hysteria only to witness the 2nd plane hit.

Luckily she was able to get away without being injured and was moved to two different nearby buildings…until the collapse. After the towers fell there she, along with a million others, made an attempt to get as far away as possible. She walked over 100 blocks home to our apartment that day in bare feet.

It wasn’t for a few hours after the towers fell that I was able to make contact with her due to the phone lines being so congested. These were unbearably long hours that thankfully ended with good news. I only wish so many others received such good news that day.

Be well.

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