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Re: This Week's History: Passing It On


Not sure if this is what you're asking for, but....

I have family living in NJ (son) and he works in NYC (Manhattan) who at one time worked in the WTC.
He still rides the train into NYC to get to his present workplace and his stop is/was at the WTC.

He left the terminal in the WTC at 8:15 AM Tuesday morning and was at his workplace when the first airplane crashed into Tower1. They went to the ground floor and out onto the streets where they had a clear view of Tower1 and saw the second plane hit the other Tower. After the "shock" and seeing a huge cloud of smoke and debris rolling down the street he and the others turned to run. He said it was like "every man for himself", people were running and not caring who or what was in their way. Thankfully he made it to a safe spot and only had a sprinkling a dust on him.

The rest of his day (Tuesday)is too detailed to explain here. I want to tell you about Wednesday and later in the week.

He called five (5) or (6) times Weds., he just wanted to talk about his experience Tues. something new and more graphic came out with each call, people falling/jumping out of the building,
the noise, the fire, the rumbling cloud of debris and the feeling of, what now? The distance walked to catch a Ferry to cross the river into Weehawken NJ, then walking thru Hoboken to his home in Jersey City. finally getting home at 8:30 PM.

We're so blessed that he is still with us. I now believe some stage(s) of Post Traumatic Stress is setting in. There are expressions of sorrow, guilt, anger and what appear to be tremendous mood swings. So even though we have persons who are Physical Survivors, we still have folks damaged by this tragedy in other ways.

One comment he made, that I don't believe I will ever forget was "when I woke up Weds. and looked across the river like I usually do there were no Towers" and he just kept repeating "there were no Towers"

Well, I guess I just needed to talk also,
thanks for listening.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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