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9/11

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9/11

September 11th, 2004
Newspaper Article
Criminal Justice

            September 11th, 2001:  a normal, sunny, 80-degree day.  It had been a slow week for one of the many fire departments in New York City.  There’s a superstition with firefighters that if you don’t receive any major calls for a while then something big is bound to happen… but nobody expected something as horrible as 9/11.  Minutes after receiving a call for a gas leak, they saw smoke coming out of one of the twin towers.  Chief Pfieffer was the first to call it in.  At 8:46, September 11th was no longer a normal day.  Firefighters rushed to the smoking tower soon followed by police and ambulance.  They went into the tower and questioned people.  The damage was somewhere above the 78th floor and flaming jet fuel had shot down the elevators, meaning they would have to use the stairs. Debris started falling and looks of wonder and surprise turned to fear and panic.  A plane was hijacked by terrorists and had been flown into the first tower.  People quickly fled from the terrorist attack.  Minutes later, another plane flew into the second tower and there were rumors of a third plane coming.  People were told not to leave the lobby because of falling debris and people.  Police searched frantically for people who might’ve been in an elevator at the time of the attack but anyone who was, was trapped there now and had no idea what was going on.  Everyone did as much as they could with the situations they were in but years of training could not prepare anyone for what was happening on September 11th, 2001.  Words cannot describe what happened on this day, whether you were there or not… but jumping out of a window from 600 feet was the choice of hundreds of people.  On a nice sunny day that seemed to be no different from any other, the biggest terrorist attack on American soil happened and America will never be the same.

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