by John Hawkins | May 31, 2002 1:33 pm
Fighting To Live As The Towers Died:The NYT did an article on people’s last calls in emails as they were trapped in the WTC on 9/11. Here are a couple that stuck with me…
“Mom,” asked Jeffrey Nussbaum. “What was that explosion?”
Twenty miles away in Oceanside, N.Y., Arline Nussbaum could see on television what her son could not from 50 yards away. She recalls their last words:
“The other tower just went down,” Mrs. Nussbaum said.
“Oh my God,” her son said. “I love you.”
Then the phone went dead.
At 10:18, Tom McGinnis, one of the traders summoned to the special meeting, reached his wife, Iliana McGinnis. The words are stitched into her memory.
…”Are you O.K., yes or no?” she demanded.
“We’re on the 92nd floor in a room we can’t get out of,” Mr. McGinnis said.
“Who’s with you?” she asked. Mr. McGinnis mentioned three old friends – Joey Holland, Brendan Dolan and Elkin Yuen.
“I love you,” Mr. McGinnis said. “Take care of Caitlin.” Mrs. McGinnis was not ready to hear a farewell.
“Don’t lose your cool,” she urged. “You guys are so tough, you’re resourceful. You guys are going to get out of there.”
“You don’t understand,” Mr. McGinnis said. “There are people jumping from the floors above us.”
It was 10:25. The fire raged along the west side of the 92nd floor. People fell from windows. Mr. McGinnis again told her he loved her and their daughter, Caitlin.
“Don’t hang up,” Mrs. McGinnis pleaded.
“I got to get down on the floor,” Mr. McGinnis said.
With that, the phone connection faded out.
It was 10:26, two minutes before the tower crumbled. The World Trade Center had fallen silent.
Never forget, never forgive.
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