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Old 09-12-2019, 07:10 PM   #31
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I was working at a struggling company, fighting for survival. I remember trying to focus on my job throughout the constant interruptions of people passing in the hall, the shock of it all. Our receptionist has a sister at the State Department and there were reports of a bomb being detonated there. She was near hysterical. I remember reports of a plane in Cleveland being segregated on the runway, with reports of terrorists being on board. It’s amazing how misinformation can take hold. At lunch, myself and two coworkers decided to drive to my house to watch the coverage on tv. We ended up staying for over two hours before heading back to the office.

I remember talking to my mother the next day and she relayed a call she had had with her sister the night before. Her sister had called to check in and my mother asked where she was. My aunt responded that she was over Hartford. My mother said, “How? Every plane is grounded”. My aunt replied, “The military is still flying”. My aunt was a nurse on the ERT (Emergency Response Team) out of Mass General. I had seen her on the news before, heading off to some natural disaster, earthquakes and such, in a foreign land, to set up triage tents for rescue and recovery missions. She flew down to Ground Zero the night of 9/11 and spent months there. She had stories about how the firemen would come out from recovery operations and would have to have their boots cut off their feet. She said they were in such shock that after a while they would inevitably look at their feet and ask, “What happened to my boots?”. That left a lasting impression with her.

She was there quite a while and got to know some of the movie stars and politicians that made it a habit to be in the recovery area. She’ll say things like, “Oh, then Bobby said this”. You know him as Robert DeNiro, but she calls him Bobby. She also had some first hand dealings with many of the prominent New York politicians of that time, but I’ll defer those comments as this isn’t the politics section.

She’s been fighting cancer for some time now and I can’t help but think it is related to her time in southern Manhatten, but I know that even if she knew that it was, she’d do it all over again tomorrow.
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Yes I cried. I feel good about myself that I could still do so.
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