Skip to comments.HE WAS TRAPPED IN TOWER 1 COLLAPSE 'There Was No Fleeing From This Cascading Terror'
Posted on 05/26/2002 12:37:19 PM PDT by areafiftyoneEdited on 09/03/2002 4:50:34 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
If anyone ever wondered what it was like to be caught in the bowels of the collapsing World Trade Center on Sept. 11, veteran firefighter Richard Picciotto had firsthand experience and lived to tell.
The New York City Fire Department battalion chief was on the 35th floor of the North Tower with about a dozen firefighters when "the building began to tremble, and we all froze. Dead solid still. To a man, no one moved. No one spoke.
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There is no chance that we'll ever forget 9-11, it's become of permanent part of our souls. Unfortunately for the terrorists, those tears don't make us weaker, they make us stronger, and angrier, and more determined.
The one which got to me what the woman who called her husband to tell him she was going back up for 6 more people - she had already helped to rescue dozens. She was killed when the building collapsed, along with the 6 people she had returned to help.
These people are what America stands for - courage and compassion. We truly are the greatest nation on the face of the earth!
On the way down, he and his team found about 60 people sitting quietly in offices. Some were in wheelchairs, others were on crutches, and some used walkers or canes. Co-workers had stayed behind to help them.
"It was the one time that morning I nearly cried," Picciotto writes, touched by "these shows of extreme human kindness." He directed his team members to help the workers escape.
Makes one proud.
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