#434 | Monday, December 10th, 2001
I was at work, doing my "morning routine" when my boss came in frenzied because a plane had hit one of the twin towers. We found a small black and white TV and watched channel 7, NYC broadcast the events. Then we lost transmission. We quickly changed to a UHF station. I'm an EMT in NJ so we discussed if I would have to leave work. When the second plane hit, he looked at me and said simply, "bye!" The towers fell during our transit to Liberty State Park. I spent the next 14 hours down there.
Rich Malizia | 33 | New Jersey

#435 | Monday, December 10th, 2001
I was at my office in Cannonsburg, PA. Just south of Pittsburgh. My manager came out of his office and said to look at CNN to see some plane had hit one of the towers. We marveled at the picture and wondered how that accident occurred. Later we were told the second hit and more and more unfolded. No work was basically done that day. I spent the day on newsgroups(since the news sites were unresponsive) and on the phone getting updates. I downloaded multiple videos and announced updates to people huddled around my cube.
David Foose | 25 | Pennsylvania

#436 | Monday, December 10th, 2001
I was on my way to work when they announced on the radio that a plane had hit the WTC. I grabbed my cell phone and called home to have my wife turn on the news to see what was going on. As we were discussing the crash I could hear my son (12) in the back ground saying "Mom! What's that plane doing?!" To which she replied, "It's probably just a news helicopter'. As she turned to see the TV, they both watched in horror as the second plane hit. This will be in everyone's memory - forever...
P Jones | 37 | Minnesota

#437 | Monday, December 10th, 2001
I was making my wife breakfast and the TV in the dining room was on, which I could watch from the kitchen, when I saw the first images of the first tower with smoke billowing from near the top. The reporter was giving a report about the collision when the second aircraft struck.

I was a Middle East expert for Army Intelligence for 23 years and I remembered that I had predicted just such an attck. I have followed Bin Laden's escapades for years. Just recently, I told a fried of mine that something was brewing.

I was disgusted with the way the intelligence agencies have been underfunded for a number of years. I was appalled that we didn't know ahead of time and I was particularly agitated with Mr. Clinton for allowing this situation to get to this point.

Most of all, I felt sorry for the families of the people who perished and, as for the people who died, I prayed that they did not suffer. My heart goes out to them all. To to police and firemen who died doing their duty, I render a heart-felt solute of one comrade in arms to another. God keep you. You are all heroes.
Sam Avera | 55 | Washington

#438 | Monday, December 10th, 2001
I got to work at around 8 that morning. It was just another workday. At around five to 9 I called up my boss to ask him a question about work. He then told me that the world trade center was just hit by a plane. It was just too unbelievable. A few minutes later we heard about the second plane. The rest of the morning was crazy. We were glued to the tv and news websites all morning. It was so crazy! There were all these rumors flying about bombs going off in other places. Thank God most proved to be false. I don't work too far from the empire state building, and it was scary wondering if that would be the next target.

At around 11 I went to try and give blood and was told that there would be a 5-6 hour wait. I went to find a friend of mine who cam in a little later than me. She saw the buildings burning from her train and by the time she got into NY the buildings had crumbled. When she walked to work the city was just in chaos! people were just wandering aimlessly in the streets crying. We all just felt like crying.

We were told we could leave at any time. I decided to wait a little until I was sure that the trains were running. I just stayed in my opffice glued to the news and transportation web sites.

Finally I decided to leave at around 4. Outside it was like a war zone! cops, army, coastguard were everywhere. I suddenly had a strong need to volunteer. I wandered from place to place seeing if any help was needed. I walked over three miles and filled out a few applications. Finally after the longest day in my life, I headed home
R. Stern | 22 | New York

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