A Woman Got Her Husband’s Note From Inside the World Trade Center, Ten Years After 9/11
9/11. What can I say that has not been said? The pain is still there. The fear, always present raising the hairs on our spines every time we hear a passing airliner. The jumpers, the lost and injured and the collapse of the giants still so vivid in our minds. My most vivid memory of that day is the footage taken from inside the lobby of Tower 2 and that sound of smashing and breaking glass. I could not figure out what that sound was, falling debris maybe? Every couple of minutes, “CRASH!” then it dawned on me that it was people jumping. As I sit and write now, my stomach turns and is in knots imagining what that “flight to death” must have been like.
After we saw the second plane hit, both towers burning and everyone in Manhattan running one direction for their lives, we also saw police officers, firemen and other first responders running in the opposite direction. Running directly into the abyss and the unknown with no hesitation and no fear. I witnessed the very definition of courage, honor and bravery and was in awe.
Today we remember 9/11, and a man named Randy Scott. Randy was trapped inside the World Trade Center on 9/11, and before he died, he wrote a note to get help and threw it out an open window. It said, quote, “84th floor. West office. 12 people trapped.” Someone on the ground found it that day, right before the building collapsed. Then it was passed around for 10 years until DNA was used to match a spot of blood on the note to Randy. Last year, the note was finally given to his wife, Denise. She’s agreed to put the note in a museum at the 9/11 memorial.