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The recent "Changing of Profile Pics" thread got me to thinking about 9-11 and all the men and women who sacrificed so much on that day and also the ones overseas and hear at home who continue to fight the good fight.  SO, On September 11,2001 Where were you in the world? and What were you doing?


 


~~I was in 8th grade and had just came back inside from my 1st period Physichal Education class.  We all huddled around a tv in my Georgette Roarks room, she was my english teacher.  I remember how scared everyone was and going home that evening everyone was rushing to fill there cars up with gas because there was supposed to be a shortage.  GOD BLESS ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FROM 9-11-2001 AND GOD BLESS ALL OUR TROOPS!!!

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Asleep...................between shifts. Family woke me up and I never could sleep after that. Up all day - glued to the TV, and to the phone - calling family to see if they were OK and / or aware of what was happening. Worked that night, and actually the town I worked in at the time was unusually quiet....not many calls and not as much foot traffic in the dope drops......quiet for about a week actually as I guess even the bad guys were inside watching "the world change".


It is what it is.............and.........these things too shall pass.

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I was getting ready for work and stood in front of my TV as I watched the second plane hit the tower.  I could not believe what I had just seen, it was so surreal.  As I drove to work and heard additional reports of a plane hitting the Pentagon and yet another plane that had just crashed, I remember screaming at my radio for someone to make it stop.  As the events unfolded and I watched reports as the towers fell, all I could think of were the people in the towers that never made it out, those on the planes and their families and friends that are forever affected.  I cried for the heroes in LE and Fire who responded into the very jaws of Hell, who unselfishly sacrificed their lives in the attempt(s) to save others.  And all the while, I felt completely helpless being so many miles away.  Let us never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifices on that very "Great and Dreadful day.".

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I was at work,my wife called.Couldn't believe it,told her she was nuts or didn't hear the broadcast right.Took a lot of convincing to make me believe a gang of low lifed thugs would or could do this to our country.

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I had just laid down for the night after working when the wife came in saying a friend called saying we were under attack and to turn on the news.  As I turned on the news the second plane hit.  Got up, jumped in the shower and told the wife to pack a bag for me because I would be getting a call to come in.  As I was getting out of the shower the phone rang. I answered and heard the dispatcher say "this is a mandatory recall of all Police personnel. Pack several days of clothes and uniforms and come in. We are going to Delta status."  I went in and began one of the longest 40 hour work days of my life.  Away from my loved ones, not knowing what was coming next.  Once the military realized they were paying us OT for every hour we were there they allowed us to go to 12-12 no day off status.  Got home and still needed to see what happened and wished I could go and help.


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I was in a training class that was sponsered by the National Institute of Corrections. We did.'nt know anything had happened until we took our first break. We all immediately went to the nearest television to watch the news. While we were there, we saw the second plane hit the tower live as it happened. EVERYONE as you can imagine was stunned. I looked over to my instructor who was a very sincere and professional person; he was crying...That exact moment will be etched in my  memory for the rest of my life.

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I was in the car on Choctaw Dr. heading downtown to court when it came over the radio about the first plane. I made it to Judge A's office and was in his chambers with his entire  staff including the public defenders and assistant D.A.'s assigned to his section in time to see the 2nd plane hit the WTC. My sister was a flight attendant based out of NY at the time and I didn't know where she was. My mom was in Vegas, supposed to be heading home, and I didn't know where she was. I finally got in touch with my brother in law and found out my sister was home sick (thank God) and my mom had been stuck at the airport (thank God) Being so far away, all we could do was watch and pray. Then to hear about the other two planes.  It was gut wrenching to watch and hear. I will NE VER forget !!!!!


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I was in 10th grade and I was in PE and walking around the track outside when I over heard someone said that the planes had hit the World Trade Center and they are rumors that a plane might be heading for Pittsburgh (high school was in a suburb of Pittsburgh).  When I finally got inside to see what happened I could not believe it.  We will never forget 9-11 and God Bless all the heros that day and today who still fight the good fight.  God Bless all the firefighters, LEOs, and EMS who were there that day.  Also don't forget the brave people on Flight 93 who prevented it from being worse. 

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I was in my hometown and going to college for the day.  I got there really early and was shocked to see the room empty an hour before class.  I heard "airplane" "bomb" and "World Trade Center" over the remote TV speaker and ran to the next room as the second plane hit.  I was glued to the TV for the next hour or so until a meeting with a friend, then went to work (classes were cancelled).  We had the TV on at work, which NEVER happens.  When I left work at 2100 every pump at every gas station had lines out to the street, and gas was already starting to spike.


I wasn't in security or LE, but I remember that as one week where everything seemed to stop.  Friends and I were wondering if the draft would be reinstated and we would be going to war, and I remember thinking that if that happened, I was okay with it.  We were attacked, and we would fight with everything we had if we were called up.

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I was at Camp Stanton, Korea about 6 Miles from North Korea. I remember being placed on alert, issuing weapons and ammo and sending out patrols 24/7. We kept two helicopters fully armed at all times anyway but we armed all the helicopters for a few days after. We were kept on lock down and heightened security until I left 5 months later.  

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I was in 2nd grade and they wouldn't tell us what happened. I didn't know till I got home and even then I didn't really understand it for a little while. But I still remember that day, and all the panicked teachers. It scared all of us kids that our teachers were crying and wouldn't tell us why.


God bless everyone who so selflessly responded and gave their lives on that day. RIP.

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I was at work.  My friend had called to tell me that a plane had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers.  I was stunned but didn't think too much about it.  Then the President of the company called to tell us and that was whenI realized the magnitude.  We turned the tv on in the breakroom and I spent the day  going back and forth between the computer and the tv.  I went home and immediately turned on my tv and camped out in my living room.  I sat in stunned silence.  Trying to wrap my mind around how anyone could use our planes, our hours of teaching and training, our acceptance of everyone from every race and background against us.  Turn everything inward, killing thousands of innocent people that day.  I remember seeing the fear and shock on people's faces.  Thoise images still burn in my brain to this very day. 


I remember feeling helpless.  I remember crying.  I remember my heart breaking.  I remember becoming very angry.  I also rememebr that that was the day my patriotism grew into a burning inferno.  I never knew what true patriotism was until I saw people helping people.  Total strangers offering what they could to help whoever they could.  I saw the true meaning of the word American all over the news.  I realized just how vulnerable our country was and how we must always be on guard and fight to protect her and all that she stands for.  Instead of running like cowards, we stood our ground and fought.  We were angry but we did what we could to help our fellow brothers and sisters. 


They were hoping to destroy us that day but what they did was make us stronger.  May we NEVER forget 9-11 and how we felt the day that our beautiful country was attacked.  May we never forget the thousands of people that lost their lives that day.  May their memories never fade or their deaths be in vain.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!


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I was a junior at Ithaca College and was getting ready before my first class of the day.  I turned on the TV and saw that what I wanted to watch was pre-empted by some news show so I changed the channel.  The same thing was on that channel.  I started paying attention and realized what was going on.  The first tower had just been hit.  I called to my room-mate who was in his room getting ready.  He came out just in time to see the second plane hit.  We sat on our couch and just watched everything happen, both towers collapsing.  We walked to campus to find that all classes were cancelled.  I will never forget.

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I was the State Delegate representing my PBA Local to the New Jersey State PBA. I was preparing to leave to drive 30 minutes south of my town to attend the monthly meeting of the delegates. I watched the news break on TV and saw the second tower get hit. I called my wife at work and told her to turn on the TV. I started driving to the meeting on the New Jersey Turnpike. Everyone there stopped their cars on the highway watch the first tower fall. I continued to my meeting partly to find out how the State of NJ was responding to this attack. The meeting began with the PBA president advising us that they were keeping an eye on things as the developed. 30 minutes in, he announced the meeting was cancelled and that we should all return to our departments to find out what they were doing. During my drive back, I heard Mayor Giuliani ask for all hands to respond from the surrounding area. My department is roughly 6 miles west of Manhattan. It was my regular day off but I drove directly to my headquarters. When I got there, I spoke to my Chief and asked for a car equipped with whatever material we could fit into the car. After a brief argument about whether or not he would permit me to go, he told me to get as many volunteer officers who were off-duty and take them with me and put me in charge of the detail. We filled two radio cars with volunteers and met with the N.J.State Police at their staging area at Giants' Stadium. We were then deployed to Ground Zero as an escort for the numerous medical and constuction equipment being brought in from NJ. We stayed there until released by the NYPD.


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I was the State Delegate representing my PBA Local to the New Jersey State PBA. I was preparing to leave to drive 30 minutes south of my town to attend the monthly meeting of the delegates. I watched the news break on TV and saw the second tower get hit. I called my wife at work and told her to turn on the TV. I started driving to the meeting on the New Jersey Turnpike. Everyone there stopped their cars on the highway watch the first tower fall. I continued to my meeting partly to find out how the State of NJ was responding to this attack. The meeting began with the PBA president advising us that they were keeping an eye on things as the developed. 30 minutes in, he announced the meeting was cancelled and that we should all return to our departments to find out what they were doing. During my drive back, I heard Mayor Giuliani ask for all hands to respond from the surrounding area. My department is roughly 6 miles west of Manhattan. It was my regular day off but I drove directly to my headquarters. When I got there, I spoke to my Chief and asked for a car equipped with whatever material we could fit into the car. After a brief argument about whether or not he would permit me to go, he told me to get as many volunteer officers who were off-duty and take them with me and put me in charge of the detail. We filled two radio cars with volunteers and met with the N.J.State Police at their staging area at Giants' Stadium. We were then deployed to Ground Zero as an escort for the numerous medical and constuction equipment being brought in from NJ. We stayed there until released by the NYPD.



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I was at the HIDTA in Manhattan about 30 blocks away from the WTC. My partner and I responded to the scene along with many other LEOs and emergency personnel. We arrived as close as we could get in a vehicle at 0957, in two minuets the South Tower would collapse filing the air with dust making it difficult to see and breathe... At 1028 the North Tower collapsed more dust... 3 days later I got home. The next several weeks were spent as what has now become known as Ground Zero and funerals for my colleagues and friends, brothers and sisters.


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i was in the middle of class and the teacher bursted into the room crying and turned on the t.v.

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 I was at the dentist and over heard him say to someone that a plane had hit the first tower and they think it was intentional.   And I remember thinking I didn't hear him right.     Not to us. Got home about 20 minutes later and turned on the TV and stayed glued to it the rest of the day in disbelief, shock and horror.   


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driving to staff and command.


sidenote, nowhere in the ten weeks did anyone ever mention 911. sad

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I'm surprised I'm the first one with this answer....


I was in the Army at the time. I was stationed at Ft Knox, where I had been teaching weapon systems to Cav Scouts at the Armor School for about 2 years. I had been set to go to my next Duty station on Sept 12th, so as you can imagine, all my stuff was already shipped, except for my clothes, and I was packing my TA-50 (That's Army Speak for all the crap they issue you at each duty station), getting ready to go turn it all in, and sign my Final-Out papers at the Company TOC (Tactical Operations Center). I shared an apartment off post with another Sgt, and he was at work, and my TV had shipped so all I had was a radio. The DJ came on in the Middle of a song, and in a very somber voice reported that "An Airplane had struck one of the world Trade Center Towers". I though "Wow. That's a pretty bad accident. How does something like that happen?"  There was no talk initially of a terrorist attack. Everyone thought it was an accident, and a terrible one to say the least. About 15 minutes later, the same DJ Interrupted another song to say that the second tower had been hit as well, and now they were talking terrorists. Also a short time later they said " A bomb has detinated at the Heli Pad at the Pentagon" (That was the initial report) and there was a report of another plane that was in the Air over PA and was headed toward DC.


I Jumped in my Car and headed onto the base, I remember thinking traffic was unusually light until I turned the corner coming into the base Back Gate, and it was Gridlock. This was also before Cell Phones became so popular, and I wasn't gonna spend the money it cost at the time, so I had no way of knowing what I was supposed to do, but the NCO in me told me to get my butt to the Company area ASAP. I remeber being very impressed at how quickly the Command had gotten the gates closed at Manned with Troops. When I finally got through the gates and to the Company, all work had stopped, and everyone was gathered in the Day room watching the news.  That's where we spent the rest of the day.


As you probably all know, all international flights were cancelled for a few days so I didn't leave until Sept 15th. Less than a month Later we were bombing Afghanistan, and then less than a year later I was in Iraq.

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Asleep...................between shifts. Family woke me up and I never could sleep after that. Up all day - glued to the TV, and to the phone - calling family to see if they were OK and / or aware of what was happening. Worked that night, and actually the town I worked in at the time was unusually quiet....not many calls and not as much foot traffic in the dope drops......quiet for about a week actually as I guess even the bad guys were inside watching "the world change".



Klamm - Long time, brother. Always good to see you still here as well as a few of the other "founding" members. - What ever happended to your plans of making out here to the Big Sky? - Go Grizzlies!! -


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I was in Jr. High waiting for class to begin

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I was in high school, and a friend came up to me between classes and said a plane had hit the WTC. I walked down to the library, and got there just as the second plane hit. All I saw was this huge explosion coming out of the 2nd tower. I told the librarian that I thought only one tower was hit by a plane. She told me that the explosion was another plane. I sat there the rest of the day and watched it. It was crazy to see the news switch from the WTC to the Pentagon and then to hear all the rumors of bombs in front of the Capitol Building and then finally PA.  My teacher encourgaged us to write our thoughts down as the day progressed. I still have that paper, and it's crazy to go back and read what I wrote down. I remember students and teachers crying, and a bunch of us getting in groups and just praying for our country. I will never forget that day or the emotions I had during that day and the following weeks. It's just sad that people have already forgotten how they felt that day.

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I was just waking up for work and my alarm was set to radio.  I woke up to the dj saying that a plane had struck the first tower.  I was still waking up and I stumbled to the tv and stood in horror watching the chaos.  Then the second plane hit...


I was late to work that day because for a while, I lost all track of time.  I could not believe that something like this could happen.  My college classes were optional that day because of the events.  So many people that were in my classes (mind you I live in AZ) had loved ones with whom they were trying to make contact.  It was a day filled with emotions I will never forget.


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I was in high school between classes.  I was sitting in class waiting for it to start when we heard about the first tower being hit.  We turned on the tv and watched the second tower get hit.  The rest of the day was spent watching what happened and wishing there was some way to go do whatever I could to help.  Unfortunately, like so many, I had to stay where I was and never got a chance to go help.

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On September 11th 2001 I was working as security/shuttle bus driver for a hotel here in Las Vegas. The previous night, the hotel had received a large number of guests due because of some problem with several airlines, I think Chicago had some really nasty weather and some other airport had closed down due to some unknown problem. I, the regular driver and the night manager had spent several hours driving back and forth to the airport bring over 150 air line passengers to the hotel. The next morning the day of the attacks I began to take people back to the airport. I had just come back to the hotel and was planning to go home I had worked three or four hours of overtime and was beat. I walked into the hotel lobby and notice everyone was gathered around the bar staring at the television. I walked over and asked someone what was happening? Someone replied that there had been an explosion at the world trade center. Than a few minutes later came the second plane. For a brief minute in a time, there was no sound. Then the reality of what we had just seen sunk in people started crying, cussing, others just stood there numb. I turned away from the television and found the hotel assistant general manager behind me. He was blinking back tears he kept looking at the television and me, when he finally was able to speak all he said was “we need to go pick up the people we dropped off this morning, they aren’t going anywhere”
I had the opportunity to visit New York about three months after the official clean up had ended. I went to New York for a job interview for a government security job. After the interview I was talking with some of the guards and during the conversation one pointed to some buildings and said the first plane flew over those building. That morning they had been talking with two police officers who were assigned to the area I don’t recall the officer’s name but according to the guards I talked with it was daily routine to have coffee with the officers as they started their shift. When the first plane hit the trade center they took off running, their remains were found in November or December.
Something that really moved me when visiting the site before I left was seeing police officers and firefighters walking in the site staring at the ground, every now then stopping and kneeling down, brushing aside some dirt, staring then getting back up and doing the same routine over and over. They were still searching for people. That will remain with me till my dying day.

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I was.... Well, here:


http://policelink.monster.com/topics/66578-9-11-tour-of-duty/posts


By the way: While most people tend to rate a thread of this kind up, I have no choice but to rate it down, for obvious reasons... I had first hand experiences that day... Sorry.

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I was.... Well, here:


http://policelink.monster.com/topics/66578-9-11-tour-of-duty/posts


By the way: While most people tend to rate a thread of this kind up, I have no choice but to rate it down, for obvious reasons... I had first hand experiences that day... Sorry.



 


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 I was working that day near the Atlanta airport.  I remember someone coming up to me and telling me urgently to listen to the radio.  My jaw dropped to the ground and I was in total shock and disbelief when I heard the news for myself.  After listening to the media saying that a second plane hit the World Trade Towers and that there were several other planes in the air that are heading towards Washington D.C., I had this overwhelming desire to run away, FAR FAR AWAY.  I ran outside and could barely breathe.  It was so chaotic! I could not think at all.  


After barely catching my breath, I went back upstairs and my boss told us all to go home.  I drove home in my car and thought how eerie it was that no planes were in the air.  The Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest in the world and just too strange not to see any air traffic.  This was right after all planes were ordered to land and there would be no air traffic at all for quite a while.  


I drove home and just couldn't think at all.  I thought that maybe I should go find the nearest church and go in to pray.  I went home instead and was glued to the tv set along with my dad.  Later, I went to my room, shut the door, and finally was able to cry and let out my emotions.  


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