#876 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
As a 911 Dispatcher, I was reporting to work at 6am on the morning of September 11th. We watched in silent disbelief as events unfolded and set about to work until 0630 hrs that night, still having to process and deal with calls for service that could not begin to compare with the tragedy our fellow emergency service workers and dispatchers on the East Coast were facing. Our hearts broke not only in the knowledge that innocent civilian life was lost; but that emergency services personnel had perished also. Lastly, our center, as all dispatch centers across the nation, could relate to the helplessness those 911 Dispatchers in New York felt as they were the last contact for so many of those people. We must never forget.
Ethel Havens | 45 | California

#877 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I was driving to work when they interrupted in the middle of a song to say a plane had flown into the WTC. I thought to myself, "what a horrible tragic accident!". When I arrived at work and went to turn off the radio a 2nd announcement said a 2nd plane had hit. I sat there in my car in total shock, total disbelief. So stunned I sat in my car for a few minutes to compose myself. People were moving all throughout the office in search of televisions, trying, unsuccessfully for the most part, to get to news web sitem looking for radios, calling friends and family on the phone. It was so quiet in the office it was eerie. Having grown up in NJ and visited the WTC on many occassions I felt so helpless not being there with my family, helping out in any way I could.

I have always been a very patriotic person but am more proud than ever to say I am an American. God bless this nation, the victims, their families and all those selfless volunteers. And thank you to people world-wide who have grieved with us.
Barbara | 41 | Colorado

#878 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I live in Northern California. I had just woken up and was getting ready for work when a friend called and told me to turn on CNN. At that point, it was not clear that America was under attack. It seemed that a horrible accident had occurred. Once the second plane hit, it became evident that this was not an accident, but a horrible, evil attack. My carpool and I rode to work listening to the radio as the day’s events unfolded. I remember how silent our normally talkative group was. I think we were all in shock. My thoughts were occupied thinking of all of the family and friends that I had in both New York and DC, one of whom was in WTC building two. It was several hours later that I was finally able to get the assurance that fortunately everyone that I knew was safe. For the weeks that followed this event, I remember watching the news almost non-stop. Regular activities either ceased or were done “blindly” while my thoughts were else where. Questions were running through my mind. Who did this? Why did this happen? Will they find survivors? As some of these questions were answered over the following weeks, my sadness and anger deepened. This was the first time anything of this horrific magnitude has happened in during my lifetime. It will forever change me and my outlook on life. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone affected by this horrible event.
Ann Pavey | 27 | California

#879 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
im a 15 year old kid fromsouth lyon and i was just shocked at what happened. im watching this thing on tv and the things im seeing are hurting but i just cant turn it off. i was at scholl when the plane hit and it was ironic but the class i was in was american studies and i dont remember what we were talking about but the way my teacher found out was her husban called and told her what happened and she turned it on and everyone went quiet. it was the craziest thing ever. i remember wanting to do something but i had no money and there was nothing to do but worry and pray. for the first time ever i prayed. i havent gone to church in about 10 years and i prayed. i remember not being abel to go outside for lunch and i thought about calling my mom but there was a line of people waiting to call from payphones and the office. i had a relative that was in the towers and he said that there were bodies and body parts everywere falling ............................ im sorry i just cant write anymore my name is jon lanczak and if your a firefighter cop medic or anything thank you for what you do
jon lanczak | 15 | Michigan

#880 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I am a 26 year old Canadian. I was watching tv when the news came on about the WTC. I watched as the second plane hit. Like the rest of the world who watched I was horrified. I was 9 months pregnant at the time and I had an ultrasound to go to that day. The whole day I couldn't help think that the world for my baby had changed. He was born 5 days later. He is happy and healthy but his birthday will forever be marked by that horrible week when the world became less safe. I hope I can tell him not only was it a sad time but it was a time the world came together to give each other strength. My thoughts and prayers to all who suffered and still suffer as a result of what happened on 9/11.
Kelli Buckley | 26 | Canada

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