#2351 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am a paramedic supervisor in Southeast Connecticut. I was in my office on the morning of the 11th, and I can remember it like it was yesterday. One of my fellow employees came into the office to tell me that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I immediately went to our lounge to see for myself, and quickly the crowd of people watching grew. I was the only one in the room to see the second plane...until the tower exploded. I knew it was intentional and we were all compelled to act. A group of the managers including myself immediately started making plans to help in any way we could. We got in contact with FEMA, and were given permission to respond. We sent three ambulances, nine people total including myself. The first thing that struck me once entering the city was something was missing...the skyline had changed. It was so noticeable for anyone familiar with the skyline of NY. Once at the staging area we prepared for patients...few came. We transported one firefighter who was overcome with emotion. One event while at Ground Zero that stands out is how the crowd reacted to our ambulances as we drove back to the staging area along the West Side Highway...see, the name of our ambulance service is American Ambulance. The crowd started to shout, look it is American, and chanting USA, USA...they were waving flags, thanking us, and cheering for us. It brought tears to our eyes. Everyone was a New Yorker, no, an American on September 11. It was a very somber experience. All nine of us were filled with varying emotions. From anger, to sadness, to compassion. We are all effected to this day, and none of us go a day without thinking about it. To this day, I can still smell ground zero...the dust, the smoke...We shall never forget...remember the fallen.
Damian M. Rickard | 24 | Connecticut

#2344 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
"Whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind." -- Holy Quran (5:32)

Dalia Rashdan | 24 | Egypt

#2302 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
LET'S ROLL..Will Be forever our "Motto"..it helps us to remember that the victims are not died in vain..
Love...God Bless America 4ever!

claudia | 24 | Italy

#2295 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
After walking in the door from dropping off my daughter at daycare my friend called me to turn on CNN. She had told me that a plane had crashed into the WTC, I didn't believe her though. I thought she was pulling a fast one, so I turned on the t.v. and a couple minutes later I saw the second plane crash into the south building. I was horrified at what I saw. I could not believe that someone could hate a whole country so much that they could kill for that hate. I cried for almost two days. I did not know any of the victims or their families but just watching and hearing everything that was happening made me wish I could be there to help in some way. I watched for two straight days.

To me 9, 11, 2001 will not be forgotten.


Kimberly Bostin | 24 | Canada

#2264 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am a Swedish Canadian and I was woken up in the morning by a friends phone call telling me to watch CNN.

I switched the television on just minutes before the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower.

As I watched the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower I grinned widely and said to myself "It finally looks like the US is getting their just deserts!"

I was exstatic! I was not happy about the deaths of the civilians, but I was very happy that the US has gotten their black eye. Perhaps, i thought, now poeple will begin to pay attention to the atrocities the US commits in the mid-east and around the world.

September 11th, 2001. A joyus day for me!

Steffen Norgren | 24 | Canada

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