NY Times & Victims Family FOIA Request making Suppressed Firemen Statements public:

A rich vein of city records from Sept. 11, including more than 12,000 pages of oral histories rendered in the voices

of 503 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, was made public 8/12/05.

The city has announced that it will also release today a written log of calls to the 911 system, many from trapped

office workers, as well as tapes of fire dispatchers. Other records, including tapes of 911 operators, are being assembled

and are not yet ready for release, city officials said.

The New York Times sought the records under the freedom of information law in February 2002, but the Bloomberg

administration refused to make them public and the newspaper sued the city. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals,

New York's highest court, ordered the city to release most, but not all, of the records.


Over the last three and half years, The Times has obtained some of these records through unofficial channels, and they

can be found on the Web at www.nytimes.com/sept11

These include the dispatch tapes, nearly 100 of the Fire Department oral histories, and a log of calls to Emergency Medical

Service dispatchers that were channeled through the 911 system.

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N.Y. Police Statements released under FOIA

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Audio Dispatches: NYFD and EMS

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FIREFIGHTER PATRICK MARTIN

WTC2

My lieutenant said he looked down at the first floor, and he could see the first floor of the south tower

like exploding out. I looked up. I looked up, and the sky was filled with that debris cloud.

 

 

Stephen Gregory , Assistant Commissioner (F.D.N.Y.)   flashes, explosions   p 14 

  I know I was with an officer from Ladder 146, a Lieutenant Evangelista, who ultimately called me up a couple of days later just to find out how I was. We both for whatever reason -- again, I don't know how valid this is with everything that was going on at that particular point in time, but for some reason I thought that when I looked in the direction of the Trade Center before it came down, before No. 2 came down, that I saw low-level flashes. In my conversation with Lieutenant Evangelista, never mentioning this to him, he questioned me and asked me if I saw low-level flashes in front of the building, and I agreed with him because I thought -- at that time I didn't know what it was. I mean, it could have been as a result of the building collapsing, things exploding, but I saw a flash flash flash and then it looked like the building came down.

Q. Was that on the lower level of the building or up where the fire was?
A. No, the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building, how when they blow up a building, when it falls down? That's what I thought I saw. And I didn't broach the topic to him, but he asked me. He said I don't know if I'm crazy,

(Strangely, he talks about
West Street, where he saw airplane parts, but nobody, and was wondering, no firefighters or civilians, that they probably must be on the Promenade side)then he says:

page 20    Q. Clearly not building material?
A. No. The building material was sort of gray and you could see it, you know, how it differed from the plane. I was listening to the tape this morning of the people calling up and they were describing the plane that hit the building. Actually, so many people saw it. They actually described the plane as it came in. They said it was a military-type plane and it was green and it was this. I mean, I never saw the color of the plane.

FATHER JOHN DELENDICK   FDNY     bombs & explosions before WTC2 fell

 

The top of the building kind of started to rumble, and we all looked up.   So his original thought was that he thought it was a bomb up there as well.  

I remember asking Ray Downey was it the jet fuel that blew up. He said at that point he thought there were bombs up there because it was too even.  We didn't know the building came down. We just knew the top of the building exploded and didn't know what happened to the rest of the building.

 

CHIEF STEVE GRABHER-FDNY WTC2  poof,poof, windows pop out, explosion

 

Just as I go out of the building, one of my men says hey Captain, the building is coming down. I looked over my shoulder and you could see the whole top of south tower leaning towards us. It looked like coming over. You could see the windows pop out just like in the picture, looked like a movie. I saw one floor of windows pop out, like poof, poof. I saw one and a half floors pop out. It looked almost like an explosion. The whole top was teetering, and I really thought just the top of the building was falling off. I didn't think there was any way we were going to make it out because just being this close, it looked

like it's leaning right on top of us. So we ran. It wasn't that far. I guess You could see over the top of the building from where we were standing, the whole building was coming on top of us this other building. At this time I thought just the top of the building fell down. I really wasn't sure that the whole tower was going to come down. It turns out I was looking at the Vista, what was left of the Vista, and, of course, the tower on the street.

 

FIREFIGHTER ROBERT NORRIS

WTC2

I HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A THIRD PLANE COMING IN. I HEARD THE PROPULSION OF AN ENGINE AND THEN AN EXPLOSION.  WE LOOKED UP AND SAW THESE HUGE CHUNKS   THERES ONE PARTICULAR PIECE OF THIS BUILDING THAT FELL IN ITS ENTIRETY THAT ILL NEVER FORGE.T IT WAS AS IF IT WAS A SCHWARTZENAGER MOVIE TAKING PLACE

 

SUPERVISING FIRE MARSHAL ROBERT BYRNES     loud noise before collapse

WTC2

As I'm looking up at the building, I hear a loud noise and I see the south side of the building collapse. I see the south upper third of the tower start to pitch in my direction. At that point I yelled to Mike Kane, Mike, it's coming down. I turned around and I ran south on West Street. My perception was it was toppling southward. The cloud of smoke and the debris was coming around me.

 

EMS CAPTAIN FRANK DAMATO

WTC2 falls

WHEN THAT FIRST BUILDING STARTED TO COME DOWN ALL WE HEARD WAS JUST LIKE LOUD THUNDER THAT DIDNT STOP.   WHEN YOU LOOKED UP YOU SAW THE DEBRIS STARTING TO FALL FROM THE TOP AND CLOUD OF SMOKE ON TOP AND IT WAS HARD TO JUDGE WHERE THE DEBRIS WAS GOING TO FALL BECAUSE IT WAS SO HIGH. 

 

LIEUTENANT RENE DAVILA   EMS       top of WTC2 gone

 

All of a sudden you heard the rumble and people yelling and screaming. You look and I didn't see the top of the building.   I didn't see the top of tower two. The collapse started. You felt like the ground -- it was like a deep sound, rumble; like you're laying on the platform and the D train is coming. You look and you see what -- I best describe it as a wave coming.

 

 

RONALD COYNE   EMT         WTC2      thunderous sound, then sway, then collapse; and debris set him on fire

 

At that point I just heard a THUNDEROUS SOUND AND LOOKED up AND SAW THE BUILDING START TO TOPPLE START TO SWAY, AND IT WAS SWAYING OUR WAY AND WE JUST YELLED RUN AND TRIED TO RUN AS FAST AS COULD AND SAW AN SUV PARKED AND FIGURED THAT THAT WOULD TAKE SOME YOU KNOW SOME OF THE HIT BECAUSE I KNEW COULDNT OUT RUN THE BUILDING AND BY THE TIME IT TOOK ME TO BREAK THE BACK WINDOW OF THE SUV.    MY SAFETY COAT WAS ALREADY ON FIRE. MY SOCKS WERE ON FIRE

I was already covered with soot and all sorts of particles that were coming out of the building. I dived into the truck, and that’s when pieces of the  BUILDING LIFTED THE TRUCK AND CAME THROUGH THE FRONT WINDOW AND FLIPPED THE TRUCK OVER AND I WAS TRAPPED IN THERE FOR APPROXIMATELY 25 MINUTES TO HALF HOUR.  I was just covered with burns and bruises and I could hardly breathe.

Several blanked out paragraphs

 

 

EMT PATRICIA ONDROVIC

WTC2

I think it was the lobby of the building behind us blew out. Everybody started running, I didn't see him again that day. He got thrown one way, I got thrown the other way. There was smoke, there was debris, there was everything flying around.  The cops that were in there were telling everybody get out, get out, get out.  Stuffs blowing up.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL MACKO

WCT2

WE GOT JUST ABOUT SOUTH OF THE NORTH OVERPASS ABOUT 50 FEET PAST THAT WHEN THE FIRST COLLAPSE OCCURRED.  I  LOOKED UP WAS AWED. I THOUGHT IT EXPLODED AT THE TOP

 

LIEUTENANT PATRICK SCARINGELLO  EMS

 

WTC2

I heard the explosion from up above. I looked up, I saw smoke and flame and then I saw the top tower tilt, start to twist and lean.

 

We did go past -- we went up Church, we went up Vesey, past 7 Trade, which at the time didn't look like it was involved

 

EMS LIEUTENANT CHARLES FRASER

 

We started to look up and we could see what looked like the top of this tower coming down at us, and then like a roller coaster, like a wooden roller coaster sound

 

FIREFIGHTER RICHARD BOERI      WTC2   explosion before collapse

 

We had our backs to the tower and under that pedestrian bridge walking south, myself, Eddie Kennedy and the officer, when you heard the crackling. You looked up and you saw the one floor explode on itself and the top start to slide.

 

FIREFIGHTER DEAN COUTSOUROS           FILE No. 9110049  

      WTC2,  crackling sound,  like a million firecrackers

   

I  was directly in the middle of the street on Washington Street and there were three guys behind me and I was right in the middle of the street and that’s when the tower started to come down.     I happened to be looking up at it and from the fire floor down it was just really loud crackling noise. It sounded like a million firecrackers and just wave right from the fire floor down. Just wave that started to come down.

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM REYNOLDS

WTC2-  large explosion below plane impact area before the collapse

 

After a while, I was distracted by a large explosion from the south tower and it seemed like fire was shooting out a couple of hundred feet in each direction, then all of a sudden the top of the tower started coming down in a pancake. I remember my jaw dropping and just staring at it and Richard Banaciski, one of the firemen that was there, yelled "Run" and I turned and I started running into the parking garage of the Financial Center.

Q. Bill, just one question. The fire that you saw, where was the fire? Like up at the upper levels where it started collapsing?

A. It appeared somewhere below that. Maybe twenty floors below the impact area of the plane. I saw it as fire and when I looked at it on television afterwards, it doesn't appear to show the fire. It shows a rush of smoke coming out below the area of the plane impact.

The reason why I think the cameras didn't get that image is because they were a far distance away and maybe I saw the bottom side where the plane was and the smoke was up above it.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER TIMOTHY BURKE     WTC2    FILE NO 9110488

WTC2            Explosion before collapse

 

Then the building popped lower than the fire level which I guess was the aviation fuel fell into the pit and whatever floor it fell on heated up really bad and that’s why it popped at that floor.  That’s the rumor I heard, but it seemed like Oh My God There is secondary device that the way the building popped I thought it was an explosion.

 

When that happened they all started fading into the garage- masses of people.  I’m thinking this building is coming down. So with the amount of people rushing me, we ran through the garage. We kept running through. All of a sudden the noises stopped , the sound of the building falling stopped. We all turned around and it was dark now. We really couldn’t see.

 

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN DUGGAN   WTC2   

 

we just heard this real loud roar. We looked up and we could see the south tower.  Looked like the middle of it was just exploding out,  and at that point, one of the officers just said, "Run," and we were just turned and started running into the garage. 

 

 

FIREFIGHTER CHRISTOPHER FENYO  FDNY   WTC2 

        explosions before collapse

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About a couple minutes after George came back to me is when the south tower from our perspective exploded from about midway up the building. We all turned and ran into the garage.   At that point a debate began to rage because the perception was that the building looked like it had been taken out with charges.

FIREFIGHTER HOWIE SCOTT

WTC2

We just made our turn to go in towards the lobby of tower two.

For whatever reason, I just happened to look up and saw the whole thing coming down, pancaking down, and the explosion, blowing out about halfway up.  I remember looking back and noticing that big mushroom cloud just roaring at us like a freight train.

 

Edward Cachia    FDNY    WTC2    explosions before collapse

 

As my officer and I were looking at the south tower, it just gave. It actually gave at a
lower floor, not the floor where the plane hit, because we originally had thought there was like an internal detonation explosives because it went in succession, boom, boom, boom, boom, and then the tower came down.

 

FIREFIGHTER KENNETH ROGERS

WTC2

Meanwhile we were standing there with about five companies and we were just waiting for our assignment and then there was an explosion in the south tower, this exposure just blew out in flames. A lot of guys left at that point.  I kept watching. Floor after floor after floor. One floor under another after another and when it hit about the fifth floor, I figured it was a bomb, because it looked like a synchronized deliberate kind of thing. I was there in '93.

 

EMT MICHAEL OBER    WTC2 

 

Then we heard a rumble, some twisting metal, we looked up in the air, and to be

totally honest, at first, I don’t know exactly…but it looked to me just like an explosion. It

didn’t look like the building was coming down, it looked like just one floor had blown

completely outside of it. I was sitting there looking at it. I just never thought they would around and saw the debris coming down.

 

FIREFIGHTER RICHARD BANACISKI  WTC2      explosions

 

On West Street. We reported in to there and I remember they had the command post set up.

 

We were there I don't know, maybe 10, 15 minutes and then I just remember there was just an explosion. It seemed like on television they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions. Everybody just said run and we all turned around and we ran into the parking garage because that's basically where we were. Running forward would be running towards it. Not thinking that this building is coming down. We just thought there was going to be a big explosion and stuff was going to come down.

 

There was just a tremendous cloud that came into the parking garage. Somebody actually laid out a search rope.

 

FIREFIGHTER CRAIG MONAHAN

WCT2

Then all of a sudden you heard something, and it sounded like a harrier jet was landing right over top of us. Sure enough that second tower was just coming straight down.  When it sounded like the explosion stopped, the steel hitting, when it all seemed to stop, this just like a fire storm of wind and material, a sandstorm kind of, just came and wailed by, really flew past us quick.

 

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN MCCABE

WTC2

WE WERE READY TO GO STRAIGHT AHEAD YOU HEARD A ROAR SOME SORT OF VIBRATION LIKE VRR VRR VRR GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER

MY FIRST THOUGHT  TO MYSELF, O  LIVE DOWN IN ROCKAWAY SO HAVE HEARD PLANES COMING OVERHEAD FOR YEARS,  IT SOUNDED LIKE A PLANE GETTING CLOSER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU FELT THE BUILDING SHOOK AT THAT MOMENT IT WAS THINK EVERY MAN FOR THEMSELVES THINK MIGHT HAVE HEARD  SOMEBODY SAY ITS COMING DOWN OR SOMETHING.

 

SHORTLY AFTER AS IM WALKING YOU HEAR ANOTHER LOUD BOOM. REMEMBER TURNING LOOKING AND LOOKING UP AND SEEING THE DUST CLOUD OPENING UP OVERHEAD I REMEMBER WHEN CAME UP LIBERTY TO WEST STREET NOW COULD SEE THIS DEVASTATION THAT DEFINITELY DIDNT SEE TO THAT MAGNITUDE AFTER THE FIRST BUILDING CAME DOWN BUT NOW THERE WAS JUST MOUNTAINS OF STEEL.

 

PARAMEDIC JOEL PIERCE

WTC2

THATS WHEN WE HEARD THAT SOUND AGAIN AND SWEAR IT SOUNDED LIKE ANOTHER PLANE COMING IN.  JUST THAT RUMBLING NOISE THAT STEADILY THAT CONTINUOUS RUMBLING THAT WAS GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER AND THINK THE LAST WORDS HAD WERE OH GOD NOT ANOTHER ONE

 

EMT JOHN ROTHMUND

WTC2

At that time we were looking at the top of the towers and all the rubble and people coming off, and all of a sudden you heard – it sounded like another airplane, or a missile. It was like a slow shake. The whole ground just vibrated and shook. We just told everybody to run, run into a building, let's go, run, run, run.

 

PARAMEDIC ROBERT RUIZ

WTC2

The next thing you know, you hear a loud thundering noise. It sounded like a jet, a big rumble. I start looking around and I'm like, what is that? The next thing I know, I see the cop just take off. I'm like, where's he going?  Then I see the things on the floor, like Liberty -- you know, just like the movies, bouncing up and jumping and shaking.

I look up and I was saying, oh, no, the building's going to fall down.

 

So I turn around.  Right where I'm standing I turn around. I'm in

the center of the building. I turn around, and I try to go inside the building, but that door happens to be locked. So I run towards the

corner where the cop was, and I keep trying all the doors.

 

CHARLES WELLS   Division Chief EMS

WTC2

We felt a loud -- a very strong vibration, shaking, and a loud noise like a subway train coming through a station at speed, like a jet engine at full throttle. It was a roaring sound, and he wanted to continue down Liberty Street. I asked “what the hell happened?" Some kind of an explosion, he goes, and that's what I thought it was, because it was like coming at you sideways.

 

 

WTC2

I made it about halfway across West Street and I was just stepping into the street off the center median when I heard what is going to be instilled in my memory forever ; a sound that combines a railroad car , an airplane , a fighter jet and thunder. I looked up

and I saw the World Trade Center falling down.

 

EMT JAMES MCKINLEY

WCT2

Then as I looked up, I saw this helicopter hovering from in front of one of the buildings, it was the first one that was hit. Then all of a sudden I heard this huge explosion, I didn’t know what it was because nobody was telling me anything. I didn’t know until we were called back to Chambers and something, Chambers and West Street, that it might have been a terrorist attack. I was this close to it, and I didn’t know what was going on. After that I heard this huge explosion, I thought it was a boiler exploding or something. Next thing you know this huge cloud of smoke is coming at us, so we’re running. Everyone is,

firemen, PD, everyone is running away from the World Trade Center, up Vessey Street.

This is North End, we was running around Vessey and around North end to get away

from the first smoke. After the first building, I guess, I didn’t know at the time that the

building fell. After the smoke cleared, I went back, I was helping some people that were

covered in dust and stuff like that.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH MEOLA

WCT2

As we are looking up at the building, what I saw was, it looked like the building was blowing out on all four sides. We actually heard the pops. Didn't realize it was the falling -- you know, you heard the pops of the building. You thought it was just blowing out.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER KEITH MURPHY  FDNY

WCT2

I HAD HEARD A DISTANT BOOM BOOM BOOM SOUNDED LIKE THREE EXPLOSIONS RIGHT BEFORE THE LIGHTS in WTC1 WENT OUT.  I DONT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. AT THE TIME I WOULD HAVE SAID THEY SOUNDED LIKE BOMBS.   THEN I  WOULD SAY ABOUT 4 SECONDS ALL OF A  SUDDEN  TREMENDOUS ROAR.  IT SOUNDED LIKE BEING IN A TUNNEL WITH THE TRAIN COMING AT YOU.  IT PROBABLY LASTED MAYBE  10 TO 15 SECONDS

 

FIREFIGHTER THOMAS TURILLI

WTC2

All of a sudden you just heard like it almost actually that day sounded like bombs going off, like boom, boom, boom, like seven or eight, and then just a huge wind gust just came.   My officer knew how to actually get out and and we just walked out of there.

At that point we were kind of standing on the street and I looked to my left and actually I noticed the tower was down. I didn't even know what it was when we were in there. It just seemed like a huge explosion.

 

 

EMT JULIO MARRERO

WTC2

In that process of him trying to explain to me to pull my ambulance over, I heard a loud bang. We looked up, and we just saw the building starting to collapse.  I was screaming from the top of my lungs, and I must have been about ten feet away from her and she couldn't even hear me, because the building was so loud, the explosion, that she couldn't even hear me.

 

WCT2

I HEARD LIKE A  BIG EXPLOSION, TREMENDOUS EXPLOSION, LET ME PUT IT THAT WAY, AND A RUMBLING SOUND.  SO ATTEMPTED TO RUN SOME DISTANCE WHICH COULDNT RUN BECAUSE IT OVERTOOK ME LIKE I SAID IT HAPPENED LIKE REALLY QUICK ALSO I  FELT MYSELF AIRBORNE. I  FELT A FORCE BEHIND ME AND IT SLAMMED ME DOWN ON THE GROUND. I GOT SLAPPED DOWN ON THE GROUND. EVERYTHING STARTED HITTING ME.  WHATEVER WAS FALLING AT THE TIME.  I DIDNT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. I THOUGHT MAYBE THAT THE BUILDING THAT WAS ON FIRE EXPLODED. I WAS GETTING HIT HARD AND WHEN I FELL ON MY STOMACH FACE DOWN WITH MY HANDS EXTENDED SOMETHING HEAVY FELL ON MY HAND AND BOUNCED OFF AT THAT TIME MY ARM WAS BROKEN .

 His conclusions were blanked out

 

 

LT. THOMAS PIAMBINO  FDNY

WTC2

The south tower had fallen, but at that time  I didn't know what it was. All I heard was a tremendous explosion.

 

 

LIEUTENANT JOSEPH PATRICIELLO  FDNY

WTC2

As my men went to obtain some extinguishers, I happened to be looking up and saw the explosion or the building fail with the ensuing fireball and cloud. It didn't appear to me at that moment the building was coming down.

But when the noise level began to pick up, it was obvious that something wrong was going on. We all proceeded to run southwesterly towards Liberty and West. At that point there was debris coming down.

 

FIREFIGHTER CRAIG CARLSEN -explosions (or pancakes) when buildings fell

File No. 9110505  WTC2

I guess about three minutes later you just heard explosions coming from building two, the south tower. It seemed like it took forever, but there were about ten explosions. At the time I didn't realize what it was. We realized later after talking and finding out that it was the

floors collapsing to where the plane had hit.

 

  We then realized the building started to come down. At that point everybody at the command post took off into -- there were two garages across. I guess it was by Two World Financial Center next to the Winter Garden, just a little bit south of the north bridge. 

 

I made it in about 20 feet inside the door, and I tripped over an EMT who I guess broke his leg and was disabled. I pretty much just stayed there and tried to comfort him. Before I had gone into the garage, I grabbed a mask. At that point, that's when the building

started to come down , and you could see the force of air coming towards you. I was just trying to drag the EMT down the ramp. That's when the blast came.      (how long did this collapse sequence last?)

 

We made it to approximately Vesey and West, which is just north of the bridge. Then the second building started to come down.  At that point everybody just took off in all different directions. As far as I know, we just went north up West Street. I would guess we made it up to Barclay, maybe, and whatever it was knocked us down, the force of the wind.  The second one coming down, you knew the explosions. Now you're very familiar with it. Of course when I looked up, all I could see was the antenna coming down.

 

FIREFIGHTER FERNANDO CAMACHO      WTC2  Explosions

 

We went across the lobby of the hotel, going north, and we exited and made a right going towards the second tower, the south tower. We must have walked about 100-200 feet to revolving doors, which led into a hallway to where the mall was. I could see maybe 20, civilians and I believe Ladder 25, which was about another 100 to 150 feet ahead of us. As we came in through the revolving doors, the lights went out. A second or two later everything started to shake. You could hear  explosions. We didn't know what it was. We thought it was just a small collapse.

As I looked straight ahead of me, I saw total darkness. Everything was coming our way like a wave. The firefighters that were ahead of us and the civilians that were ahead of us totally disappeared.

We turned around. We were all pretty much within ten feet of each other: lieutenant,chauffeur, roof, OV, can. As we turned around, I ran probably maybe ten feet and that's when the body of the building or body of the collapse hit, and we were flying through the air basically. I must have flown 30, 40 feet through the air. Then total quiet. You couldn't breathe. You couldn't see anything.

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CAPTAIN KARIN DESHORE   EMS
 WTC2

I had no clue what was going on.  I never turned around because a sound came from somewhere that I never heard before.   Some people compared it to an airplane.  It was the worst sound of a rolling sound, not a thunder. All I know is –and a force started to come hit me in my back.  You had to be there. All I know is that I had to run because I thought there was an explosion.   I thought it was a major explosion.

 

 

FIRE MARSHAL JOHN COYLE     thought WCT2 explosion or bomb on plane

 

I THOUGHT IT WAS EXPLODING ACTUALLY THATS WHAT I THOUGHT FOR HOURS AFTERWARDS THAT IT HAD EXPLODED OR THE PLANE OR THERE HAD BEEN SOME DEVICE ON THE PLANE THAT HAD EXPLODED BECAUSE THE DEBRIS FROM THE TOWER HAD SHOT OUT FAR OVER OUR HEADS IT WAS RAINING DOWN

(blanked out paragraph)

FINALLY GOT THROUGH ON MY PHONE TO MY FATHER AND SAID I’m ALIVE JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU GO TO CHURCH Im ALIVE JUST SO NARROWLY ESCAPED THIS THING   HE SAID WHERE WERE YOU YOU WERE THERE   I SAID YEAH WAS RIGHT THERE WHEN IT BLEW up  HE SAID YOU WERE THERE WHEN THE PLANES HIT SAID no WAS THERE WHEN IT  EXPLODED,  THE BUILDING EXPLODED HE SAID YOU MEAN WHEN IT FELL DOWN SAID no WHEN IT EXPLODED.

 

 

FIRE MARSHAL SALVATORE RIGNOLA

WTC2

THERES AN EXPLOSION.  ALL OF SUDDEN YOU COULD HEAR SOME WEIRD SOUND LIKE CRUMBLING ALL OF A  SUDDEN EVERYBODY STARTS RUNNING.  I WENT AGAINST THE ESU TRUCK AND ALL OF SUDDEN EVERYTHING GOT BLACK THE WIND BLEW BY.  MATERIAL FLEW BY.

 

EMT JUAN RIOS

WTC2

I was hooking up the regulator to the O-2, when I hear people screaming and a loud explosion, and I heard like “sssssssss…” the dust like “sssssssss…” So I come out of the bus, and I look and I see a big cloud of dust and debris coming from the glass… through the condominium, the other building, and like, glass falling. So I just started to run, everybody ran, so I just ran. Our bus, it got totaled.

 

FIREFIGHTER ANGEL RIVERA

WTC2

the chief told us go to the Marriott Hotel, go from the 14th floor up, search and evacuate all the floors. So we walk all the way up, no problem.   Then we hear the explosion and debris falling. We were looking out of the windows and see body parts all over the place.

 

PARAMEDIC DANIEL RIVERA

WTC2

Q. WHAT DID YOU HEAR?  WHAT DID YOU SEE?  A.   It was a frigging noise at first.  At first I thought it was a professional demolition, where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear Pop Pop Pop Pop.  That’s exactly what I thought it was when I heard that frigging noise. That’s when I saw the building coming down.  I ran as fast as I could maybe half a block and then hid between a building covered myself with a stretcher.      That’s when every thing came down.  It was very dark for a few minutes.

 

When I saw the first building collapse I noticed that the first three or four floors , they were pretty good, that was on my mind. Wow, they were pretty good.  THEN THEY SAID THERE WAS A Lot of people trapped inside. After both buildings collapsed there were several firefighters down there and batallian chiefs. 

 

 

CHIEF ALBERT  TURI  FDNY

WTC2 plane

I turned around to assess the situation, and the fireball had pretty much dissipated, and what I actually thought at that time, and mistakenly so, was it's not as bad as it looks; most of the fuel was expended on the exterior of the building.  So we ran back to the car and laying right in back of my car was a large object which I thought was probably part of one of the aircraft turbines.

 

FIREFIGHTER EDWARD SHEEHEY

(My comments in parentheses: Sheehey heard an explosion before the South Tower started to collapse . . .)

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"Q. Where exactly were you when the south tower collapsed?
A. We were proceeding across
West Street. We were probably maybe 25 yards from the command post.

Q. South of the command post?
A. Straight across from it, going in towards the south tower. We were probably just at
West Street, just at the street. Then the south tower -- we heard an explosion, looked up, and the building started to collapse.
We dropped all our tools and gear, and we turned around. There was a parking garage to the right of the command post, so we ran down into the parking garage."

(Mayday distress calls just before the collapses---why? Could this be due to more complications from unexpected explosions going off? That could be a possibility but not conclusive.)
"Q. Did you hear any emergency transmissions on the handy talky? Did you have a handy talky?
A. No, I didn¹t have a handy talky.
Q. Did you hear anything being next to
anybody?
A. I heard maydays. As we were at the command post, we heard maydays. I couldn¹t make out what they were for.
Q. Was this before the collapse or after?
A. Before the collapse. Then after the collapse I heard -‹ we looked for someone with a radio, and we found a captain from another engine company. I couldn¹t tell you what company he was from. He was looking for the rest of his men, and he had a handy talky. He said if he heard them calling for us he would let us know. I heard a couple of maydays on his handy talky but couldn¹t make out who was giving them or where they were."

 

EMT-P ANDRE CHERRINGTON     WTC2         Big boom before it fell

 

So I said, let me take him to the hospital. So as I was pulling off, I’d say about half a block away, we heard a big boom, and we seen a whole bunch of ashes, everything just started coming towards us.

 

BATTALION CHIEF BRIAN DIXON  WTC2                               

I got just a little ways back and it was just like -- you hear the noise, a boom, and then a blast of air. It just kind of threw me against the wall. That's where I decided to stay. Since it blew me there.

 

 

PARAMEDIC NEIL SWEETING

WTC2

We were probably about half a block away from t h e complex at this point . You heard a big boom, it was quiet for about t e n seconds. Then you could hear another one.

 

CAPTAIN JAY SWITHERS  EMS

WTC2

At that point I looked back and most of the people who were triaged in that area with the triage tags on them got up and ran. I took a quick glance at the building and while I didn't see it falling, I saw a large section of it blasting out, which led me to believe it was just an explosion. I thought it was a secondary device, but I knew that we had to go.

 

BATTALION CHIEF THOMAS VALLEBUONA

WTC2

I HEARD BOOM  AN EXPLODING SOUND, REAL LOUD BANG .  I LOOKED UP AND COULD SEE THE TRADE CENTER STARTING TO COME DOWN. THE SOUTH TOWER WHICH I GUESS WAS ABOUT BLOCK AWAY FROM.  I saw STUFF COMING OFF THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. IT LOOKED LIKE A GIANT FOUNTAIN. IT WAS ACTUALLY BEAUTIFUL IN STRANGE WAY.

I REALIZED THAT WE  WERENT FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THIS BUILDING AND WE WERE GOING TO BE HIT BY STUFF IT SEEMED LIKE YOU COULD JUST SEE STUFF SPIRALING OUT LIKE CONE. SO WE PROCEEDED TO TRY AND OUTRUN IT. MYSELF AND MY AIDE STEVIE ZASA WE WERE HOLDING HANDS WITHIN SECONDS WERE ENGULFED IN CLOUD THAT YOU COULDNT SEE YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE IT WAS HARD TO BREATHE IF ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE YOU FELT LIKE YOU WERE EATING THE DUST YOU COULD HEAR THINGS FALLING AROUND YOU YOU COULDNT SEE ANYTHING

 

 

FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH RAE

WTC2

We started walking north to just about the second footbridge, which would be 6 World Trade, and all of a sudden we heard the explosion and the building started to come down and I ran

 

EMT JASON CHARLES                                                          

FILE No.  9110486

 

I HEARD SIX LOUD EXPLOSIONS AND THOSE SIX LOUD EXPLOSIONS CHANGED MY MIND REAL  QUICK AND I WENT BACK OVER TO THE TRIAGE CENTER AND IT  WAS LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT, LET ME WAIT HERE.  I HAD NO HELMET

 

FIREFIGHTER KENNETH ESCOFFRY  FDNY   WTC2   

                              incoming missile before collapse

“On the way out between tower one and six, we heard something like an incoming missile, and we started to run. That's when the second tower came down. I was knocked down.”

 

EMT DAVID TIMOTHY

WTC2

The next thing I heard was a loud like an engine roar. I looked up, and the next thing I knew I just saw -- I don't know if it was the tail end of the plane or what, but I saw something. When I looked up, I heard "boom."   Now, when the explosion hit I don't know if -- it actually took me off my feet, because I fell. I actually got cuts and stuff

like that all over my hands and whatnot

 

FIREFIGHTER THOMAS ORLANDO  FDNY

I would say on the 18th floor when we took a little break. At the time the building was shaking. It was hit with something. At that time we thought it was another missile attack, so we all just ran into the stairway and just helped cover us and other civilians and firemen until it stopped shaking. We didn't know what it was at the time. We were told that there's been a collapse -- they didn't say what collapsed – and to start working your way out.

 

 

 

Jody Bell  EMT    How many minutes for WTC2 to collapse?

WTC2

I had her sit in the chair and I put some oxygen on her, because she wasn't breathing right, she was hyperventilating. I was just trying to calm her down.

 I was strapping her onto the stair chair, and that's when the building comes down. So I strapped her on.   As I this tidal wave, it's like a tidal wave of soot and ash coming in my direction, my life flashed before my eyes. I made a U turn, and I started to run -- I took about ten steps, and the lady started screaming, "Don't leave me! Don't leave me!" That's when I gathered myself. I got a hold of myself, wait, what the hell am I doing?    I turned back around. I got her out of the chair. I said, "Ma'am, can you run?" She said, "Yes." She took off. I immediately made a U turn, and I've never moved so fast in my life.

 

 

Then shortly after that -- the building came down. It's like snow fall. The cars are covered. The streets are covered. I'm covered and breathing in mouthfuls. You couldn't see.  The scene was totally blacked out. You're just running in the direction that you think is away.  I knew I was running -- this would be westbound. I was running westbound down Vesey.  I ran about a block to North End Avenue. That's when the building -- you could hear the sound.  The building came down. The building finished collapsing.

 

FIREFIGHTER JOHN MALLEY

 

WCT2

I felt the rumbling, and then I felt the force coming at me. I was like, what the hell is that? In my mind it was a bomb going off.

The pressure got so great, I stepped back behind the columns separating the revolving doors. Then the force just blew past me. It blew past me it seemed for a long time. In my mind I was saying what the hell is this and when is it going to stop?  Then it finally stopped, that pressure which I thought was a concussion of an explosion.  It turns out it was the down pressure wind of the floors collapsing on top of each other. At that point everything went black, and then the collapse came. It just rained on top of us. Everything came. It rained debris forever. I was semiburied.

 

There were secondary explosions, I don't know, aerosol cans or whatever. But we're in the darkness. We see basically the glow of a flashlight and still things coming down. The noise, the explosions, whatever it was. 

 

FIRE MARSHAL JOHN MURRAY

WTC2

Like I said, we were standing there watching the north tower and not even paying attention to the south tower.  Then you look up and it's like holy shit, the building didn't come down, it shot straight out over our heads, like straight across West Street. there is no  way we are going to out run this thing. Everybody, asses and elbows, we ran south on West Street, turned the corner on Albany Street

 

 

FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH SULLIVAN

WTC2

Now, when it did collapse, I saw a chunk come down. I thought it was a partial collapse, like maybe part of the fascia coming down. It came down, and we were looking, and all of a sudden the cloud rushed. It was like whoa, but then a couple of seconds it overtook us.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER LIEUTENANT ANTHONY MANCUSO

WTC

From what we could see, we couldn't see the whole tower that was coming down. We could just see the facade coming off, and we backed up.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL HAZEL 

WTC2

the tower started to come down. At first it looked to me like just the top of the tower, like maybe the top 15 floors, like the skin of the building was just peeling off and coming down.

 

FIREFIGHTER FRANK SWEENEY

WTC2

I hear what sounded like firecrackers and a low rumble. I look up, and the south tower – I could see the top part of the siding overlapping the bottom side of the siding. The siding actually was like this. Then I saw the dirt above that.   I ran. I was right behind Scott. Scott ran into the Winter Garden and got against a concrete pillar

 

Peter Constantine   EMS

WTC2

And then all of a sudden, when you looked up, you froze for a couple of seconds, you saw these little pieces falling off. Then all of a sudden, everyone started to run. Then, you started to run,

 

 

FIREFIGHTER TIMOTHY JULIAN

WCT2

We came out from 90 West , made Left, headed East, and right when we got to the corner of Washington and Albany, that’s when we heard the building collapse.  I thought it was an Explosion.  I thought maybe there was a bomb on the plane but delayed type of thing, you know secondary device. I was convinced for a week it was secondary devices.        I  JUST HEARD LIKE AN EXPLOSION AND THEN CRACKING TYPE OF NOISE AND THEN IT SOUNDED LIKE FREIGHT TRAIN RUMBLING AND PICKING UP SPEED.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER EDWARD KENNEDY

 

WCT2

We took two steps, there was a tremendous boom, explosion, we both turned around, and the top of the building was coming down at us. With this I just turned to Richie and said run. 

 

WTC2

Then all of a sudden there was like a loud -- almost like a rushing sound, a roar, and we looked up and we could see it looked like an implosion and the building kind of went in and out and kind of like shook.

 

BATTALION CHIEF JOHN SUDNIK

WTC2

THEN WE HEARD A LOUD EXPLOSION OR WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A LOUD EXPLOSION AND LOOKED UP AND SAW TOWER TWO START COMING DOWN. 

 

 

CAPTAIN JOHN LUONGO

His conclusions were blanked out

 

 

SUPERVISING FIRE MARSHAL JOHN D. LYNN

 

It seems as if suddenly there was a -- our attention was drawn to the south tower. There was some kind of explosion, you might say, up in the area where the fire was. Actually, in hindsight, that was the start of the collapse. Now, we were very close at that time.

 

 

LIEUTENANT ROBERT LAROCCO

 

survivor of WCT2 collapse who was in Lobby when it fell   p20

 

Just as I put my foot on the first stair on the escalator, the building started like shaking. It was like a wave in the floor and a real loud noise. What we did was, me and the police officer started running from the east northeast end of the building toward the west. Anyway, just to describe to you the collapse of the south tower coming down, I really wasn't aware there was a full collapse. I thought it might have been just a localized collapse. It was the loudest noise I've ever heard in my life. It was in both ears. Kind of like those rockets that they launch the space shuttles with, it was like I had one going off in

each ear. When I thought it was the loudest noise I ever heard, every second it was just increasing getting louder and louder and louder.

I was running as fast as I could. With this noise getting louder and louder, also what's happening simultaneously was light – whatever light we had was becoming darkness, like obscuring and getting dark fast, like someone pulling down the shades real fast.  Anyway, it kind of sounded to me as if the collapse was aimed right at me, right at my back. I was running as fast as I could, and when I felt that I was getting overtaken by the collapse, where there was no hope, I threw myself on my knees at the next concrete column that I came up against I kept that on my right side. With that the collapse came and I started getting buried.  Stuff was falling down. It was loud and just kept coming and coming.

 

BATTALION CHIEF BRIAN OFLAHERTY

Several survivors of WTC2 collapse:

I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING DOWN. THE BUILDING I WAS IN WAS COMING DOWN.  I LOOKED REAL QUICK FORWARD DIDN’T LIKE THAT OPTION BECAUSE IT WAS BIG HIGH LOBBY LOT OF GLASS.  I FIGURED IT WAS NOT THAT WELL SUPPORTED REMEMBER SEEING THOSE COLUMNS. I  REMEMBER TAKINGA  FEW STEPS AND TRYING TO RUN AND YOURE EITHER THROWN OR BLOWN OFF YOUR FEET. I REMEMBER  IENDED UP MY FACE. I  WAS RIGHT UP AGAINST THE WALL. A COLUMN WAS RIGHT NEAR MY LEFT SHOULDER. A BIG COLUMN. 

 

IT WAS TERRIBLE NOISE BESIDES THE BUILDING SHUDDERING THE SOUND WAS HORRENDOUS TO ME IT SOUNDED LIKE STEEL CUTTING THROUGH STEEL.  THATS HOW I EXPLAIN  IT YOURE LAYING THERE THERES STUFF HITTING YOU HAD MY RIGHT HAND UP BEHIND MY HEAD AND NECK AND JUST SAID LET IT BE MERCIFUL BECAUSE YOU THINK ITS ALL OVER THERES STUFF HITTING YOU BUT NOTHING THE STUFF IS DEBRIS FLYING AROUND.  ALL OF SUDDEN THE NOISE STOPS.   THEN I HEAR SOMEBODY COUGH BEHIND.  ITS MYERS.   He helps me up to my knees. IT WAS FLOOR TO CEILING DEBRIS IT WAS JUST SOLID FROM AS HIGH UP AS CAN LOOK WHICH IS PRETTY HIGH AT THIS POINT. Then I THINK LARRY ANSWERED.  WE START TO MOVE TOWARDS HIM.  I COULD HEAR SOME GUY YELLING MAYDAY  ON THE RADIO HANDY TALKY.  THERES BEEN A  COLLAPSE. WERE TRAPPED I LOOKED IT WAS EDDIE HENRY FROM THE 40  BATTALION.  I  RECOGNIZED HIM.  I TURNED ANOTHER WAY AND THERE WAS LIEUTENANT THERE.    BACK. THERES A CIVILIAN AND I DONT KNOW IF ITS THE SAME GUY MET THE FIRST TIME OR NOT AGAIN CIVILIAN CLOTHES.  I SAID YOU STAY BY THIS FIRST DOOR.  YOU KEEP THE  DOOR OPEN IM GOING THROUGH THE SECOND DOOR.  THERES ANOTHER DOOR IF START YELLING YOU JUST YELL. I DIDNT KNOW IF I WAS GOING THROUGH MAZE OR NOT.  AS SOON AS I OPENED THE THIRD DOOR THERES HOLE IN THE WALL COULD SEE OUT ONTO WEST STREET.

 

CAPTAIN HOWARD SICKLES  FDNY

WTC2

WE HEARD RUMBLING WE THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER PLANE WE LOOKED UP AND YOU ACTUALLY

SAW THE TOWERS JUST STARTING TO ROLL DOWN AT YOU.

I STARTED CALLING PEOPLE ON THE RADIO I GOT BOBBY BROWN ON THE RADIO CHIEF BROWN ON THE

RADIO AND HE WAS TELLING ME THAT HES OKAY HES NOT INJURED BADLY THE BUILDING COLLAPSED AROUND HIM.

 

 

EMS DIVISION CHIEF JOHN PERUGGIA

WCT2

I looked up and saw this big gaping hole where the south tower used to be. That's the first point that I realized that the south tower had collapsed. Maybe ten or 15 stories high left of it. Probably most of it being a pile of rubble.

 

 

EMT JUSTIN LIM          WCT2 collapse sequence lasted more than a few seconds

WTC2

When the first building collapsed, we both started -- my partner and I both started walking back to the vehicle and we opened up one of the compartment doors where we put all our equipment in and as it was coming down, we started seeing a mob of people start running towards us. So we opened up our back doors and we put in as many people as we could and then my partner was kind of motioning to the civilians and the ESU workers, that whoever wanted to get a ride, they just hop in and we would take them.  And this whole time the building was still coming down. It was only halfway down. I proceeded to get into the driver's seat and there were like several people running up to the bus saying, "get out of here." And we actually ended up driving with several people on the hood and people were hanging off the sides of the mirrors, off the back step of the ambulance, and I'd say we probably got about like 30 -- maybe 30 people out of there before it actually came completely down and the smoke came.

 

 

CAPTAIN JANICE OLSZEWSKI    EMS

 

SO AS WE HEARD IT START TO COLLAPSE AND AS WE SAW IT COLLAPSING WE OR LOT OF US RAN EAST ON FULTON TO GET AWAY.   

I THOUGHT IT WAS AN EXPLOSION OR SECONDARY DEVICE BOMB, THE JET PLANE EXPLODING.    THEN THE CLOUD CAUGHT UP AND WE ALL JUST SCATTERED AND DID OUR BEST TO GET OUT OF THERE.

 

EMT RUSSELL HARRIS

WTC2

I was on the side of the church. I looked and all this debris just started exploding everywhere, and I turned around to run.  When I got maybe halfway the block, I got knocked to the ground. My helmet got cracked. A piece of debris had hit my helmet.

 

 

 

EMT SEAN CUNNIFFE        WTC2 falls in stages

American Express building. That was our next staging point, in the lobby there.  The rumbling started and a big cloud of smoke came by the windows and started breaking the windows.

Q. Now we're talking about the south tower collapsing?

A. Yeah, it collapsed. I'm sure it was some significant time in between. It seemed like ten minutes, the whole job.

 

WTC2 falls in 2 stages

I SAW  IT LOOKED LIKE THE TOP MAYBE 70 60 FLOORS COMING OFF THE BUILDING AND HAD STOOD THERE THINKING MAYBE THE TOWERS WERE NOT GOING TO HIT ME. THEN I LOOKED CLOSER AND TWO PIECES OF DEBRIS FLY OVER MY HEAD ABOUT 40 50 STORIES UP FLYING OVER MY HEAD AND WAS LIKE SHIT I”M OUT OF HERE

 Then after running 2 blocks:

 

AT ONE POINT AT SOME POINT I”M NOT SURE BUT THE BUILDING THAT HORRIBLE TWISTING METAL SOUND

OF FREIGHT TRAIN OR WHATEVER ITS THE WORST SOUND IN THE WORLD STOPPED BUT THEN IT STARTED AGAIN THEN I STARTED HAULING ASS AGAIN AND AT ONE POINT STOPPED LIKE MAYBE 20 FEET BEFORE GOT TO BROADWAY . I LOOKED TO MY RIGHT DOWN TOWARDS DEY AND SEE AT LEAST 40 50 STORY BALL OF DUST RUSHING AT US

 

Eric Berntsen       FDNY  

WTC2   takes a few minutes to collapse??

 

We heard the explosions from the kitchen. We went up on the roof and got there just in time to see the second plane hit the towers. So we ran downstairs.  It was about five after 9:00.

 

The officer went off, got orders from a Chief, and we were told to go to the 74th floor of the south tower. He came back, told us what we were doing. We gathered the company together, started heading north through the Marriott. Then we made a right and went down the ramp to get to the concourse level.  We headed eastbound in the concourse level to where it first turns up to the left, where the mall turns up to the left.  That's when we heard the building start shaking. I looked up into the Marriott, because you could see up into it from where we were standing, and just saw black, like dust. The lights went out. I jumped into a corner under an archway.

 

After the building stopped shaking and there was no rumbling noise any more. We all got back together. We all turned on our lights. 

 

When we got out on to Vesey, there was a Port Authority cop with us and he said that they were given reports that the second building was going to come down. So we made a decision we'd better leave.  We were

exhausted from carrying this gentleman who was pretty heavy, we estimated about 300 pounds, 275. It took six guys to carry him. We were all exhausted. We were changing.  We made it a couple of steps and then we heard the rumble and we knew the second tower was coming down. Everybody let go of the guy and ran.  Vinnie and the cop jumped under a car.   There was no room for me there and I thought I could make it a little bit further than that. So once I hit the sidewalk on the Federal Building, on Vesey, I turned right, which had me east on Vesey Street, and I started running.  

 

Then I looked up and I saw a dark cloud and I grabbed my helmet.  The force knocked me down, blew me. I don't know how far I went, but I went forward pretty far. It knocked the wind out of me. I got covered with debris and just kept my hands on my helmet. Something pretty big hit me and knocked my helmet off. I felt weight piling up on my back.  I said I can't just lay here. I said let me get out of here. Let me see how deep I am, see what I can do. I was up against the wall of the Federal Building, and then I realized it was still pitch black.

   The chauffeur got blown down I don't know what street. he was with the rig. The rig survived. It got beat up, the windows blown out, a little fire damage, not that much

EMT ALLEN CRUZ    WTC2     rumblings, then building fell

 

WHAT DID YOU DO AFTER THE FIRST BUILDING COLLAPSED I RAN LIKE HELL I LEFT EVERYTHING THERE  AND RAN LIKE HELL RAN TO  my  VEHICLE AND JUMPED INSIDE JUST AS WAS ABOUT TO GOINTO GEAR  I NOTICED THAT THERE WERE FEET UNDERNEATH MY VEHICLE SO I LEFT IT IN PARK JUMPED OUT AND THERE WERE PEOPLE STILL HIDING UNDERNEATH IT AT WHICH TIME I  SAID YOU PEOPLE GOTTA GO YOU CANNOT STAY HERE YOU GOTTA GO THE RUMBLINGS COMING DOWN THEY GOT UP OUT DRAGGEDTHE LADY OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THERE WERE STILL PEOPLE AROUND AND BEHIND IT TOLD THEM YOU ALL GOTTA RUN AND THEY DID AT WHICH TIME THE THING CAME DOWN BIG WALL OF SMOKE CAME AND HID BEHIND MY VEHICLE JUST TOOK BIG BREATH AND JUST WAITED FOR IT TO PASS.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER TIMOTHY BROWN- WTC2     Blast,   70 mph wind

 

I ran into the doors of the Two World Trade on the Liberty Street side.

 

We finally set up -- prior to this I believe it was the west side of the core of the building there were elevators.

I told Chief Burns that I was going to go find EMS and bring them back into the lobby, which is something that saved my life. I went out to the Liberty Street side.    He got two paramedics, himself and me. I said, "Okay. Follow me." We ran to the south side of the hotel to stay close to the building, trying not to get hit. We ran along the edge of the hotel.

 

As we ran towards the rear, which is the three side of the hotel, and rounded the corner to go into Two World Trade Center, in the doors, we heard the roar above us. I know I never looked up. So we just turned and ran for our lives.    The roar was just getting louder. The dust started blowing in our faces. I'm guessing around 30, 35 miles an hour the wind was.  Everything started blowing toward us that wasn't

nailed down. You could not any longer run into the wind because you were getting pummeled by stuff. You couldn't see anybody to communicate.You couldn't hear anything. It was becoming our grave.

 

I wound up crawling on the floor as the wind got stronger and the roar got louder.  I found what I'm guessing was a 12 by 12 boxed out steel column, which I tried to become one with. I got as close as I could to it. I had a helmet on. The helmet got blown off by the wind.

 

 I'm no meteorologist, but I'm guessing that the wind at its height was around 70, 75 miles an hour. I had to hold onto that steel column with all my might so I wouldn't get blown out into the street, I thought it lasted four minutes, Somebody told me it lasted a much shorter time than that.  You still couldn't see anything.

 

 

 

PARAMEDIC KEVIN DARNOWSKI

 

3 Explosions before WTC2 fell

At that time I started walking back up towards Vesey Street. I heard three explosions, and then we heard like groaning and grinding, and

tower two started to come down.

 

 

 

BATTALION CHIEF DOMINICK DeRUBBIO -     WTC2 appeared like a timed explosion

 

I was looking over t h e Winter Garden a t t h e second tower, and then I saw that starting    to come down.    It was weird how it started to come down. It looked like it was a timed explosion, but I guess it was just the floors starting to pancake one on top of the other.

 

 

EMT MOUSSA DIAZ         WTC2,  big boom then collapse

 

When we heard the big boom, I looked up and I just saw the building collapsing.

 

WTC2  falls      it appeared there were explosives planted

 

“The sound it made. As I said I thought the terrorists planted explosives somewhere in the building. That's how loud it was, crackling explosive, a wall.”

 

LIEUTENANT ROBERT DORRITIE  FDNY         WTC2  

 

I got my guys and started walking across West Street. I guess we got about three-quarters of the way across when we were deciding which way to go into the south tower.  That's when I looked up, and the tower started coming down, which at the time I said I thought it was a secondary device.

 

LIEUTENANT GEORGE J. DeSIMONE 

WTC2          

I thought it was an explosion initially. We got hit with the powder. We tried to run.

 

 

EMT GREGG BRADY      3 explosions in WTC1 before collapse

 We proceeded to 3 World Financial Center, the American Express building They set up a triage area in that lobby.   ...

 

At that time, when I heard the 3 loud explosions, I started running west on Vesey Street towards the water. At that time, I couldn't run fast enough. The debris caught up with me, knocked my helmet off. I tumbled and then eventually I started running again. I made it behind a building on North End Avenue. I set up a triage area in that corner

building and at that time I started treating patients.

 

 

 

CAPTAIN WILLIAM MCLAUGHLIN    FDNY

WCT1

I LOOKED UP AND COULD SEE THE TOP OF THE NORTH TOWER MUSHROOM OUT IN CLOUD OF DUST AND SMOKE AND YOU COULD SEE THE TIP OF THE ANTENNA SORT OF WOBBLE, THEN REALIZED WE HAVE TO RUN.  FROM THAT POINT ON IT WAS FALL BACK RETREAT GET AWAY

 

FIREFIGHTER JOHN PICARELLO   FDNY

WTC1

I started to hear that rumbling sound again. I looked up, and the first thing I saw was the aerial on the top of the tower just rocking one way and rocking the other way, and all of a sudden there it goes.

 

WTC1  

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN GORMAN   WTC1            explosions, then falls

 

John Malley, who was right behind me, I turned around for him, because he was doing something, either putting his coat on or something, and as I was looking at him I heard the explosion, looked up, and saw like three floors explode, saw the antenna coming down, and turned around and ran north.

Q. About how long would you say it was from when

the police officer told you it was leaning?

A. Within 30 seconds

 

LIEUTENANT GARY GATES

WTC1

I looked up, and the building exploded, the building that we were very close to, which was one tower. The whole top came off like a volcano.  I'm looking at the face of it, and all we see is the two sides of the building just blowing out and coming apart like this, as I said, like the top of a volcano.

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN

 

He POINTED UP. HE SAID ITS FALLING   I LOOKED AND IT LOOKED LIKE TO ME THAT IT WAS STARTING TO TIP AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE RIGHT TOWARDS ME THE ANTENNA BUT YOU DONT SEE THAT IN THE VIDEO IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS COMING RIGHT TOWARDS ME

 

 

BARRETT HIRSCH  EMS     WTC1

 

they were trying to get things reorganized after the first blast they -- I know they started some of the crews and somebody over in the other tower

 

Then I noticed, like, the top of the tower seemed to shoot up a little bit and start to fall down a little bit.  that's when Bill Simon and I just bolted in towards one of the other overpasses just to get some cover

 

 

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN HOWE 

WTC1

I'm hearing like a rumble and I'm looking up and I'm seeing the antenna start to do this type of nonsense, swaying a little bit it seemed, and sure enough the building was coming down. That was tower number 1, the north tower. As it started coming down, we saw this ferocious amount of black cloud, a brown cloud that was chasing everybody.

 

 

 

Jody Bell EMT 

WTC1 collapses

 

When I came back this time, not only was it snowing but I could see the other tower, and the tower was starting to break off. It was kind of looking like it was going to tip, and there was a piece of the building coming down right on top of me and Mike.  We sat there like for a split second and we just watched it in amazement that this building was coming down, the second building was coming down. The building was hitting other buildings.  This time it was worse. We were just running. This time we ran all the way back as far as we could to the railing. I was damn near ready to jump in the river. I swear to God, I was holding the railing, looking back, as this thing's coming towards us. 

 There was debris almost to Jersey. It was over our heads. It was just blowing. There were papers -- the amount of paper, it was like a ticker tape parade. There were like a billion times more paper. We were swatting paper out of our face, on top of the soot and the ash and everything else.

 

 

LIEUTENANT JAMES WALSH

WTC1

THE NORTH TOWER LOOKED LIKE WHEN IT STARTED TO FALL IT LOOKED LIKE THE TOP FELL MORE TOWARDS THE NORTH AND DIDN’T IMPLODE AS STRAIGHT DOWN AS THE SOUTH TOWER IS . 

 Q. THATS THE WAY IT LOOKED ON THE TAPE TOO.   A. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND WHEN WE LOOKED AT IT FROM VESEY STREET AND NORTH END AVENUE IT LOOKED LIKE IT FELL THAT WAY LITTLE BIT TOWARDS THE NORTH

 

Captain Karin Deshore  EMS      Red flashes and explosions before WTC1 “collapsed”


"... SOMEWHERE AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER THERE WAS THIS ORANGE AND RED FLASH COMING OUT INITIALLY. IT WAS JUST ONE FLASH THEN  THIS FLASH JUST KEPT POPPING ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BUILDING AND THAT BUILDING HAD STARTED TO EXPLODE. THE POPPING SOUND AND WITH EACH POPPING SOUND IT WAS INITIALLY AN ORANGE AND THEN RED FLASH CAME OUT OF THE BUILDING AND THEN IT WOULD JUST GO ALL AROUND THE BUILDING ON BOTH SIDES AS FAR AS COULD SEE THESE POPPING SOUNDS AND THE EXPLOSIONS WERE GETTING BIGGER,   GOING BOTH UP AND DOWN AND THEN ALL AROUND THE BUILDING. I WENT INSIDE AND TOLD EVERYBODY THAT THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION OCCURRING UP THERE AND SAID THINK WE HAVE ANOTHER MAJOR EXPLOSION. I DONT KNOW IF WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE SAFE HERE. I TOLD THEM I CAN’T FORCE YOU BUT I DONT KNOW
IF WE
ARE GOING TO BE SAFE HERE IM GOING TO TRY TO GET AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS BUILDING AS POSSIBLE. UNBEKNOWN TO ME HALF BLOCK DOWN WAS THE WATER..."

We took the two elderly ladies from the building with us, now 12 or so, going out of the building and to get down toward the water.  So here these explosions are getting bigger and louder and I told everybody if this building totally explodes, I’m going in the water. Just then, a small Jersey boat, entered the Marina.  We went down, carried everybody down. The poor guy behind the steering wheel is saying I can’t go anyplace, we are tied on.  That is what saved over lives, because then this force came at us and hit us with everything.  The boat was attempting to overturn and it kept hitting in the back against the pier. I was resigned to die.  I have no clue how long this lasted.

 

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER THOMAS FlTZPATRlCK  FDNY

 

We looked up at the building straight up, we were that close. All we saw was a puff of smoke coming from about 2 thirds of the way up. Some people thought it was an explosion. My initial reaction was that this was exactly the way it looks when they show you those implosions on TV. I don't think I remember that. I remember seeing, it looked like sparkling around one specific layer of the building. I assume now that that was either windows starting to collapse like tinsel or  something. Then the building started to come down. II would have to say for three or four seconds anyway, maybe longer. I was just watching. It was interesting to watch, but the thing that woke everybody up was the cloud of black material. The black cloud was coming down faster than the building, so whatever was coming down was going to

hit the street and it was pretty far out. You knew it wasn't coming right down. Judging from where people were jumping before that, this cloud was out much further.

 

 

James Ippolito   FDNY

WCT1

It looked like some kind of maybe a command post or something was there. I Started to walk towards it, and that's when the building came down. I heard an explosion and turned around and the building was coming down.   At that point, we dropped everything we had. We started to run north on West Street. At that point, we were overcome with the cloud and it looked like -- felt a lot of wind again, got knocked down.

 

 

EMT JASON CHARLES                                           FILE No.  9110486

WTC1            Ground level explosion before it fell

WE GET TO THE BACK WE DONT EVEN GET TO THE BACK OF THE BUILDING WE START WALKING BACK THERE AND THEN I HEARD GROUND LEVEL EXPLOSION AND IM LIKE HOLY SHIT AND THEN YOU HEARD THAT TWISTING METAL WRECKAGE AGAIN THEN SAID SHIT AND EVERYBODY STARTED RUNNING

 

Police Lieutenant Michael Murphy  Handwritten report.  Pages 3&4                                        (pa-police-reports01.pdf pages 10-11)                                                         http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=38371

“…We came upon the NYPD Chief of Detectives with a couple of his men. They appeared to be appraising the situation. We proceeded past them and were within a block of WTC when a couple of loud explosions occurred in front of us.”

 

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN MURRAY

WTC1

We got up to the fifth floor and there was severe damage. The ceilings had come down,  some walls had caved  in . Major sprinkler damage.    Then we went to the sixth floor and did the same t h i n g . Same sort of damage up there .

 The south tower had collapsed. Now, it shook us and knocked a couple of guys down.  Everybody ran to the stairwell.

We basically did an evacuation at that point and we started trying to get the people to keep going down the stairs. 

 

When the tower started -- there was a big explosion that I heard and someone screamed that it was coming down and I looked away and I saw all the windows domino -- you know, dominoeing up and then come down.

 

FIREFIGHTER DANIEL STERLING      WTC1 lobby windows vented:

 

WHEN WE MADE IT INTO THE LOBBY THERE WAS DEBRIS FALLING FROM THE BUILDING GUYS WERE TRYING TO VENT THOSE BIG WINDOWS IN THE LOBBY

 

FIREFIGHTER ROY CHELSEN -firefighters leaving WTC1 find lobby blasted

 

we proceeded in Tower 1. I think the revolving doors were kind of busted up, so I think we went through a window.

 

We made our way up to 29 or 30. We were again resting again. All of a sudden just -- I don't know if the sequence is right, but everything went black, and all the power went out. There was just this rumbling. I felt like it went on forever.  Someone came down and tell us to evacuate. From there it was just asses and elbows. We all just started running. I didn't even have my mask on anymore. We just dropped everything. Actually between 20 and 30.

We got down to the lobby. The lobby is like gone.

 

 

LT. THOMAS PIAMBINO  FDNY

WTC1

the north tower started to fall, and my perception was that when I looked back at the tower as it was starting to come down -- I was booking -- was that there was -- I thought it exploded, It looked to me like an explosion, and you could feel the -- you could feel it coming, and they were still running away from it.

 

 

LIEUTENANT GREGG HANSSON

WTC1

we took another rest at the 27th f loor.  I questioned t h e guy from t h e 90th floor , who said it was a plane. That ' s when I first realized that we had a plane up t h e r e . He said there was a fireball on the 90th f loor and a lot of smoke on the 90th floor. 

He stated to me that he believed everyone from the 90th floor had gotten out.

The conditions in the stairway were absolutely clear. There was no smoke whatsoever. Then we continued our way up again, eventually reaching the 35th floor .  

Then I heard a mayday given over the command channel to evacuate the building. A couple people, civilians , indicated to me that  there was an elevator that was working at   this time.

 

We were outside the building. Then a large explosion took place. In my estimation now that was the tower coming down, but at that time I did not know what that was. I thought some type of bomb had gone off. We were all hit with debris. At that point it was a total blackout. You couldn't see anything.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN   After WTC1 fell       thought it was explosion   

 

At that point in time I called Manhattan.  I asked them if they were aware of an

explosion at the World Trade Center. I told them basically what I thought had happened.

 

 

LIEUTENANT JOHN CITARELLA  FDNY  WTC1 explosion before collapse

 

I turned, took a couple of steps, and then I heard another explosion, it sounded like. I looked up, and the north tower was starting to come down. So me and Steve started running.

 

Frank Campagna, FDNY  Ladder 11 in Manhattan     explosions

 

WTC1

We just kept walking up. As far as we knew, there were no planes or anything coming in. We just knew there was a fire up there. Any other explosions that we felt from inside were maybe extra machinery or something like that. Those were the words that we were getting

 

Lt. NEIL BROSNAN   FDNY   WTC1   Explosion in lower level

 

Q. Did you know what the explosion was?   A. No. We never heard through this whole event. I happened to have been there when WTC1 collapsed. I seen that collapse.

 

A. I went in a good 200 yards, right short of the Path station. Retreated back when I seen 238 coming in the hallway I had just come in.  I had just hooked up with 238 at the elevator bank.

 

They observed the explosion and the hallway disappeared.  They thought the hallway blew up where I had come from.  They thought they seen debris coming down and said, “The Lieutenant’s dead.”  My senior guy regroups the company.  He yells out, “Regroup”.  They’re under light debris also.

But actually on their third search in they encountered a heavy rubble and heavy fire field in that concourse level, which they didn’t know what it was.  They just knew that—they actually stretched the house line and there was no water.  They said, “Okay, time to leave”.            (this may have been from collapse of WTC2)

 

 John Jonas  FDNY:   WTC1 collapse survivor  “we were hearing explosions

http://www.acfd.com/miracle_of_ladder_company_6.htm

 

LIEUTENANT GLEN ROHAN

WTC1

We got approximately to Vesey, a little further past Vesey, I would say about 200 feet from the tower, when we heard a noise. I wouldn't even call it an explosion, but it was enough to make you look up.

When we looked up, you could see things coming off the sides of the building of what was then number One World Trade Center. We looked at

it for probably about five seconds before I realized that this building is coming down.

 

(firefighter helped get survivors of WTC1 collapse out)

 

FIREFIGHTER HOWIE SCOTT

WTC1

The second one just seemed like it just opened up all over the place.

 

 

BATTALION CHIEF THOMAS VALLEBUONA

WTC1

BA BOOM AGAIN THE SAME SOUND THE SAME NOISE THE SAME SHUDDERING SHRILLING NOISE OF THE METAL FALLING AS IT CASCADES DOWN EVEN THOUGH ITS FURTHER AWAY IT SEEMED LIKE ALMOST WORSE CLOUD.  WE WERE ENGULFED AGAIN IN THE CLOUD BUT WE SORT OF HAD BETTER IDEA

 

LIEUTENANT WILLIAM WALL    FDNY

WTC1

AT THAT TIME WE HEARD AN EXPLOSION WE LOOKED UP AND THE BUILDING WAS COMING DOWN RIGHT ON TOP OF US, SO WE RAN UP WEST STREET. WE RAN A LITTLE BIT AND THEN WE WERE OVERTAKEN BY THE CLOUD AND WE HID BEHIND WHITE SUBURBAN.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER KEVIN QUINN

WTC2

Looking up at the towers and it looked like it just basically imploded. Then I guess the cloud came right at us and we got zero visibility, we couldn't breathe.

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN

WTC1

LIEUTENANT Ohagan  REPORTED IN TO THE FIRE COMMAND STATION WE STOOD FAST WHERE WE NORMALLY STAND FAST. BASICALLY RIGHT BY THE CORE. THERE OR JUST OUTSIDE THE CORE. THERE WERE SOME TURNSTILES THAT YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH TO GET LIKE TOWARDS THE CORE.  WE HEADED FOR THE B STAIRCASE IT WAS PRETTY MUCH IN THE CENTER OF THE CORE

 

FIREFIGHTER GERARD GORMAN

 

in WTC1 when WTC2 fell

It was like an earthquake. It was like worse and worse. It got real dark. I remember diving into the core of the building by the elevators. I fucking forgot my mask, dove in, just diving. It was shaking and then the lights went out and it got shitty in there. We all made it back in

the stairway, all got out -- I mean, our officer, Lieutenant Bohack, said that's it, we're going out. That's it, we're out of here.

 

 

WTC1                  

WE ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER PLANE THATS RIGHT THATS WHENTHE OTHER BUILDING CAME DOWN  BECAUSE WE HEARD THE RUMBLE. BOOM JUST CRASHING DOWN I THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER PLANE

 

 

Firemen evacuating WTC1, after WTC2 collapsed

Sean Brown        damage, then collapse

 

“The Maydays started coming in to vacate the north tower.

So as we started going down. At that point, we proceeded down. Most of the civilians -- we didn't see any civilians at that point. It was mainly firefighters. Made it down to

the lobby. There were about maybe 30 firefighters that

were with us. Made it to the lobby, and  the lobby was like a war zone. All the windows were blown out, and the command post wasn't there.  we made it to the corner of West and Vesey when the building came down.    That was myself, and Firefighter Tim Marmion

 

FIREFIGHTER ANTHONY SALERNO

WTC1

We ended up putting out as many fires as we could from West Broadway and Warren all the way down to West Broadway and Vesey.

Putting out all those fires, in that interim, the second building had come down. I remember hearing a lot of explosions, the street turning completely gray, gray clouds of smoke all over the place. Everybody had stopped what they were doing and ran back up the block.

 

Firefighter Pete Felluca.

 

At that point, attention was called upon me to go back

and get -- there was a chief that they pulled out,

so I ran over to grab that chief, and proceeded to move to pull him towards the ambulance. We got him the help he needed.

I have medical training, so I figured I would

do my best to help him out, and put him in the

ambulance. Then the building totally collapsed, and I

would say I was on West and Barclay. The guys from the

company were on West and Vesey.”

 

 

(Did WTC1 partially collapse and then later totally collapse as he seems to describe???)

 

P. Ashby -EMT thought he saw something like a missile shot at WTC1 from across the way.

(blanked out paragraph followed by)
SO THOUGHT SOMEBODY LAUNCHED MISSILE FROM THE EAST RIVER OR OVER THE HUDSON TO KNOCK IT DOWN I MEAN THATS WHAT IM THINKING IF THEY ARE IF THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE TO LAUNCH ANOTHER MISSILE I GOT TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE BECAUSE WE WERE IN WAR ZONE.  RIGHT EXACTLY.

IM TRYING TO
WALK TOWARDS NOT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE BECAUSE I FIGURED THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER HISTORIC LOCATION FOR THEM TO ATTACK OR LAUNCH MISSILE     I WAS TRYING TO HEAD TOWARDS THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE AND TAKE MY CHANCES THERE

 

 

Woolworth Building missiles at WTC1 building

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/297359.shtml

http://letsroll911.org/ipw-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4035

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/113055p-102094c.html

 

Video:

http://www.terrorize.dk/911/naudet/woolworth.php

 

Robert Bohack,  Lieutenant   FDNY   lots blanked out & missile attack reported

 

After a blanked out paragraph: 

 19th floor  WTC1  -  after plane hit WTC2 and before WTC2 fell

ONE GUY TOLD ME COUPLE WEEKS AGO THAT IT GOT HIT WHILE WE WERE IN THE LOBBY

 

AS SOON AS WE GOT INTO THE STAIRWAY THE BUILDING STARTED SHAKING LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE THOUGHT  OUR BUILDING WAS COMING DOWN .    Im THINKING THIS GUY IS HAVING CHEST PAINS HAVE REPORT OF MISSILE ATTACK OR OTHER TERRORIST ATTACK 30TH FLOOR THERES FIRE HERE 10TH

FLOOR THERES FIRE HERE MISSILES COMING, HEART ATTACKS THIS IS RIDICULOUS WERE OUT HERE.   WE STARTED GOING DOWN THE BUILDING SHOOK SAID THIS ONE IS COMING DOWN LETS GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE   THEN WE GET TO THE THIRD FLOOR AND THE STAIRWAY IS PARTIALLY BLOCKED THEY COULDN’T PASS  I TOLD MY GUYS I’ll GO FIND ANOTHER STAIRWAY STAY HERE I FIND THE STAIR THAT WE WENT UP STAYED IN THE STAIRWAY.  I YELLED TO MY GUYS LETS GO IVE GOT ANOTHER STAIRWAY .  THERE WAS DEBRIS FROM THE OTHER BUILDING COMING DOWN AND PUSHING IN BECAUSE WE WERE IN THE STAIRWAY FACING THE SOUTH TOWER

         Another 2 blanked paragraphs

 

WE GO UP TO ABOUT THAMES STREET AND  WE FIND HYDRANT THAT WORKED WE HOOKED UP  I SAID YOU KNOW WHAT WERE GOING TO HAVE TO RELAY WATER TO SOMEBODY.  FIVE WORLD TRADE THIS BUILDING HERE WAS FULLY INVOLVED YOU DONT REALIZE EVEN THEN WHERE THINGS STOOD SAID LETS GO AND MAYBE PUT OUT THE FIRE THATS WHAT WE DID WE GOT WATER WE HOOKED UP TO THE GRAVITY TANK OF ONE OF THESE BUILDINGS HERE.

 

Q. Was that 7?    No.  Seven was here.    That wasn’t on fire.

 

Another blank paragraph

WE ENDED UP PUMPING FOR TWO DAYS.  I HEARD THAT THE WATER DEPARTMENT SHUT OFF LOT OF THE MAINS BECAUSE THEY WERE FLOODING THE SUBWAYS. 

 

FIREFIGHTER PETER FALLUCCA  File No. 9110388

 

Missiles from Woolworth Building shot at WTC1

 

You heard the explosion and everything, but I saw the big fire ball. The stuff was coming down across the street. It looked like a meteor came flying across the street. They said it was the engine. I  don't know what it was. It was a big fireball or something from the plane I guess, came from across the street in front of our rig, and as we get out of the
rig, there's a cop, city police officer, in the street. He's telling us, "I'm getting out of here. I just saw a rocket." He said he saw it come off the Woolworth Building and hit the tower. Now I see the two towers are hit. He says, "I just saw a rocket hit that building. I'm getting the F out of here. I'm getting out of here."
And we were like, holy -- I'm saying to myself, I didn't even go in yet. They're shooting
rockets.
I don't know what we're doing over here, but after I watched it on the news a couple of times, I could see it was a piece of the plane or something flew off the building and made like a -- it looked -- if you didn't see it actually come off the plane, you saw like the stream of smoke coming from one building to the other, but actually came from the tower, and they didn't go the other way, so he swore he saw a rocket, but at the time we thought it was a rocket. We thought -- I thought we were under attack, and we were under attack, naturally, but I thought we were under
attack in the city.   You know, I thought guys were in these buildings with rockets shooting at the building, and we made our way in.  (it does not appear that the plane engine trajectory would have been confused with something from Woolworth Building)

 

 Sal D’Agostino   FDNY

“And somebody was saying that they were hitting us with rockets from the Woolworth Building.”

 

Anthony Bartolomey   EMT   varied descriptions of plane that hit WTC

 

One person actually said that it was like a military style plane that actually shot missiles into the building.

 

Derek Brogan   FDNY     WTC1  after WTC2 fell

 rubble in 4th floor stairwell & lobby damage & blast

 

(After WTC2 had collapsed) 

As we got back in the stairwell, we didn't know whether we were going up or going down. But the rumbling was so intense that we didn't really know what had happened. We just assumed that our building had been hit by another plane.  The officer just looked at all of us and said, "That's it. We're getting out of here.  We're done.  So we started going down the stairs. 

 

We got to the fourth floor, and the stairwell was filled with rubble. We couldn't go down that stairway anymore. So we went out into the hallway through the fourth floor, and the officer again yelled that we have to look for windows. Maybe we could blow out a window and just get fresh air from a window, whatever it was that was in his mind.

 

There was no windows in the lobby when we were leaving. 

 I started running up West Street. I still had my mask on and looking back at the cloud that was coming behind us. A clear burst of air came right before the dust cloud came and blew my mask off my shoulders. I just kept on running.

 

Do you remember your exact positioning,  where exactly it was when you started to run at that point?

A. We were just beyond the Verizon building, which I think the Verizon building is the north side of Vesey Street.  I would estimate we were out of the building maybe two minutes before it fell down.

 

 

James Drury     (Assistant Commissioner FDNY)   WTC1 explosions and bombs?

 

"I came close to arriving at the corner of  Vesey and West again where we started to hear the second roar. That was the north tower now coming down. I should say that people in the street and myself included thought that the roar was so loud that the explosive - bombs were going off inside the building. 

 

As I said I thought the terrorists planted explosives somewhere in the building. That's how loud it was, crackling explosive, a wall.”

 

 

LIEUTENANT MICHAEL CAHILL   FDNY    WTC1,  boom,boom,boom,boom

 

That's when the second collapse started to come down. All kinds of noise. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, very loud. Nobody knew what it was. Everybody stopped when we heard it. Everybody took it very seriously when the firefighters started running.

 

FIREFIGHTER STANLEY TROJANOWSKI

WTC1

The north tower came down, and I got hit with some debris. I remember getting banged up to the divider by the rig which was in the street. I made my way underneath the scaffolding again and just tried to outlast the collapse, which I thought was just another bomb going off.

 

 

CHIEF ALBERT  TURI  FDNY

 

WTC1

In the construction of the Trade Center, due to the high speed and the travel distance of the elevators, they used a sheetrock construction over steel so there was more give for the wind forces created by the elevators.  Three hours is usually what the fire walls are rated for in

high-rise construction.

 

And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I was looking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction was there was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right around the building blew out.   And as my eyes traveled further up the building, I realized that this building was collapsing and I turned around and most everybody was ahead of me running for the garage,

 

WTC1 debris pile & survivors

Q. Describe the debris you saw when you finally got down to Liberty Street in attempting to do the rescue with the other squad.

A. I guess the debris was steel and dust. Steel and dust, in some spots two stories high, in most spots ten feet high covering the entire West Street.

F o r t u n a t e l y f o r f i v e or s i x of our people, I was wrong and people were rescued out of a s t a i r w e l l sometime l a t e r ., Ladder 6 and t h e 11th B a t t a l i o n , Richie P i c c i o t t o , Jay Jonas.

 

 

Albert Barry     FDNY     damage to lobby area of WTC1 before collapse

 

We proceeded to the north tower and entered the lobby area through a broken window.  From there we made it to about the 20th floor when we heard a radio signal for a mayday to remove ourselves from there, the building was in eminent collapse.   Our lieutenant said there's no need

for us to be in here, let's make our way out the way we came in, and that's what we did. Once we came out the window, there was debris all over the place. We took a few steps out, turned around, and the north tower was coming down.

 

CAPTAIN JOHN KEVIN CULLEY       lobby of WTC1 before 2nd plane hit

 

In the lobby of tower 1, all the usual people, the 1st Division, 1st Battalion, reporting in units, I can't remember specifically, the Fire Safety Director, who I recognized, FBI agents, people on the staff, building staff, particularly people that were involved with helping us read the elevator panels. Our first thought, normal high-rise operation is you want to get people up to the floors, the fire floors. That's normally done on elevators and we had a problem. There were no elevators in operation. What made it more of a problem is that all those elevators were shut down and there were people in them. So we were actually -- once I had staff that could operate the panel, they could speak to each individual elevator, ask how many people are in the elevator, what floor they were on.

Q. Can you describe what you visually were seeing around, like outside or on the concourse?   A. On the concourse? I don't remember on the concourse. In the lobby? As I said, the usual people that would show up.   Q. Was there a lot of debris falling at the time?

Once the plane hit, there was no debris, or it fell. What we did have coming out of the building were people. Also, I'd note that, once I arrived at the fire command station, I was told by someone who had actually witnessed the plane hitting it that it was indeed a plane

 

LIEUTENANT JAMES WALSH  FDNY

WTC1 elevators

WHAT ELSE OBSERVED IN THE LOBBY WAS THAT THERES BASICALLY TWO AREAS OF ELEVATORS. THERES ELEVATORS OFF TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE WHICH ARE REALLY THE EXPRESS ELEVATORS THAT WOULD BE THE ELEVATORS THATS FACING NORTH. THEN ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THERES ALSO ELEVATORS THAT ARE EXPRESS ELEVATORS AND THAT WOULD BE FACING SOUTH.  AND YOU COULD SEE THE SHAFTS of THE ELEVATORS ON THE EXTREME NORTH SIDE AND THE OTHER EXPRESS ELEVATOR ON THE EXTREME SOUTH SIDE. THEY LOOKED INTACT TO ME FROM WHAT COULD SEE THE DOORS ANYWAY.  

 

IN THE CENTER OF THESE TWO ELEVATOR SHAFTS WOULD BE ELEVATORS THAT GO TO THE LOWER FLOORS.  THEY WERE BLOWN OFF THE HINGES.  THAT’S WHERE THE SERVICE ELEVATOR WAS ALSO. Q.  WERE THESE ELEVATORS THAT WENT TO THE UPPER FLOORS? THEY WERENT SIDE LOBBY ELEVATORS.

 NO ID SAY THAT THEY WENT THROUGH FLOORS 30 AND BELOW, AND THEY WERE BLOWN OFF THE HINGES.  

 

WTC1 Condition before collapse

YEAH, ONE QUESTION I HAVE IS WHEN YOU LOOKED AT THE NORTH TOWER WHEN YOU COULD SEE IT

WAS THERE ANY INDICATION BEFORE IT WAS COMING DOWN? DID YOU SEE CRACKS IN THE SIDE OR

 

 

 

ANYTHING? A.  NO I DIDN’T.  THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT IT WAS GOING TO COLLAPSE BEFORE IT ACTUALLY STARTED COLLAPSING.  NO I BELIEVE THE HOLE THAT HAD SEEN IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER DONT KNOW IF SAID THIS INITIALLY BUT THE HOLE SEEMED ABOUT THREE STORIES HIGH THAT THIS PLANE HAD MADE A THREE STORY HOLE IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.

THE FIRE SEEMED TO BE CONFINED TO  MAYBE ONE OR TWO FLOORS.    TWO FLOORS REALLY IS THAT ALL YEAH WAS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE FLOOR IT WAS THE NORTH SIDE THERE WAS HEAVY FIRE AND THE WEST SIDE THERE WAS HEAVY FIRE THROUGHOUT MAYBE TWO FLOORS OR SO COULDNT

TELL WHAT WAS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OR EAST SIDE BECAUSE NEVER GOT THERE

THERE WAS NEVER ANY SMOKE IN THE BUILDING NEVER INCURRED ANY SMOKE IN TOWER ONE. 

 

 

LIEUTENANT JAMES WALSH

WTC1

THE NORTH TOWER LOOKED LIKE WHEN IT STARTED TO FALL IT LOOKED LIKE THE TOP FELL MORE TOWARDS THE NORTH AND DIDN’T IMPLODE AS STRAIGHT DOWN AS THE SOUTH TOWER IS . 

 Q. THATS THE WAY IT LOOKED ON THE TAPE TOO.   A. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND WHEN WE LOOKED AT IT FROM VESEY STREET AND NORTH END AVENUE IT LOOKED LIKE IT FELL THAT WAY LITTLE BIT TOWARDS THE NORTH

 

FIREFIGHTER THOMAS TURILLI

WTC1

The elevator came back down, 13 got on and said, listen, if you guys want the elevator, we're not coming back with it. You've got to send somebody up. The officer actually said for me to give my radio to a senior guy there, Louie Cacchioli, and he took the radio off of me and he went up

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN

 

WTC1

 

WE TRIED TO MAKE THE 44TH FLOOR.  THERE WAS REPORT OF AN ELEVATOR ON THE 44TH FLOOR THAT WENT INTO THE 60S

 

Captain James Fody   WTC1

 

Was there any fire in the elevator shafts?  Did you notice the elevator to any extent?

A. I heard reports that there was one elevator working that some guys used. There were no elevators by the time we got there.

I didn't see fire in the elevator shafts. There was a good deal of soot, like a white soot all through the lobby. A couple of the doors of the elevators were buckled, so there was some kind of explosion or fire in there.  (perhaps not, some were trapped & force used to get them out)

 

Anthony Bartolomey   EMT  

 

Then as we were starting  to  treat some more  patients , we heard rumbling. We thought maybe it was debris falling from the tower. You look up and you see the flame of the plane hitting the second building. When you see t h e footage on TV, you see it fly in one side and the fire ball shot out through the other side .  We actually saw the fire ball shot out from the north side of that  building .

That's when we heard the rumbling of the tower starting to collapse and we started to get people inside the church because you saw the cloud of the smoke and the soot that was kicked up when the tower fell.

 

WTC1

WE WALKED BACK TOWARDS WHAT SAYS 4  WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER MERRILL LYNCH BUILDING REMEMBER BEING OVER THERE AND DID HEAR YET ANOTHER WHAT THOUGHT WAS PROPULSION OF PLANE AND THEN AN EXPLOSION AND THEN WE ALL DOVE TO THE FLOOR

 

 

EMT MARK MAZUR

WTC1

I started taking my equipment out and all of a sudden I heard this sound. It sounded like a jet, a high, whistling sound. There was like a rumble behind it. I heard people screaming. All of a sudden, the firemen that were behind me were throwing their hose packs down. When I came out of the back of the truck, I looked up and I saw

the second tower coming down.

When the building came down, it had to be like a ten-story dust cloud or storm that came after us, and you didn't know what the hell was in there. All you saw was papers and you could see like the light in the papers. You didn't know if it was glass or whatever.

We pulled the equipment out of the LSU truck, because it had like two inches of dust inside, the multi-laters were covered with dust.

 

 

ASSISTANT CHIEF FIRE MARSHAL RICHARD MCCAHEY

 

WTC1

I HEARD THAT ROAR AGAIN.  It  SOUNDED LIKE A BIG JET PLANE AND MY BACK WAS FACING WAS TALKING TO THE COMMISSIONER AND COULD SEE THE LOOK ON HIS FACE I TURNED AROUND AND ALL I SAW WAS THAT MUSHROOM COMING DOWN.

 

EMS DIVISION CHIEF JOHN PERUGGIA

WTC1

I started to make my way to the command post when I heard that horrible sound again, you know, that whining screeching jet engine.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER GEORGE KOZLOWSKI

WTC1

AS WE WERE WALKING, WE HEARD WE THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER PLANE COMING.  IT WAS LIKE BIG SHHHHH  A THOUSAND TIMES LOUDER THAN THAT.   IT SOUNDED LIKE A MISSILE COMING AND WE JUST STARTED BOOKING WE TOOK OFF LIKE BATS OUT OF HELL.  WE MADE IT AROUND THE CORNER AND THATS WHEN THE SHIT HIT THE FAN RIGHT THERE AND  THEN. THAT LOUD BA BOOM JUST IT WAS LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE OR WHATEVER GIANT  EXPLOSION.    THEN IT WAS JUST THAT IMPACT ANDI  WAS IN FETAL POSITION JUST HOLDING MY HELMET SHAKING THEN THIS BIG GUST CAME AND I JUST WENT FLYING MAYBE 30 40 FEET. TUMBLING.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL HAZEL

WTC1

When I looked up and I saw the antenna on the second tower coming straight, just like falling straight into the building,

 

That whole side of the West Side Highway was just pretty much just demolished. That's where the walkways were.

We went down there and there were numerous rigs burning, cars burning. It looked like something out of a war movie.

 

 

 

Brian Becker, FDNY  Engine 28, Group 22.

WTC1 lobby explosion

 

We saw a lot of debris in the street as we came up, and I was concerned. I could see what seemed t o be remains of bodies in the   street .  Our chauffer ended up hooking up on Barclay and West Broadway.  That's just north of 7 World Trade Center, which it all interconnected, we think.  

 

So we moved into 1 World Trade Center from that northern pedestrian overpass, from underneath that , so we took t h e shortest route , and I think we just went in a window. I think the glass was blown out there .  

I ' d say we were i n t h e 30th or 31st, 32nd Floor, or something like  that , and a few of the guys were lying wiped out on t h e floor , you know, taking a break with their masks off and lying in the hallway when t h e r e was a very loud roaring sound and a very loud explosion, and I had a momentary concern t h a t our building was collapsing.

 

The Chief said "Everybody, we are -- all Fire Department personnel are out of the building. We are getting out.  Q. Did you have an idea what time you guys started to descend down?  A. I would say it was like one minute after the first building collapsed, the first collapse of the other building .    Q. So five after ten then? A. Yes.

 

When we got to the lobby, there was total  devastation then . When we went in , it was blasted apart , and there was broken glass everywhere. All the windows were out,   we were in the northwest corner of the building, so we were diagonally separated a hundred percent from the first collapsed building. We were on the opposite corner -- we were the most sheltered part.

 

We saw an arrest being made of some Arab-looking type guy. I think he had a blue uniform type World Trade Center type maintenance type person. It was my impression. It didn't seem important to me. It seemed

like he was being arrested by a Port Authority type policeman. That's my impression. I remember them putting cuffs on him.

 

The collapse hadn't  begun, but it was not a fire any more up there. It was like -- it was like that -- like smoke explosion on a tremendous scale going on up there.  A f t e r t h e -- a f t e r t h e collapse , we were about 50 t o a hundred yards north of the pedestrian walkway, and t h e c o l l a p s e was occurring, and then t h e black cloud j u s t came roaring a t us.    All the rubble was on West Street, so we would have had to go all the way around by the river to get around to the other side,

 

We were in World Trade Center 1. It was a tremendous explosion and tremendous shaking of our building. We thought it was our building maybe collapsed, there was a collapse above us occurring.  That was our

experience when the other building collapsed.

 

FIREFIGHTER PAUL HYLAND        elevators working in WTC1

 

WTC1

We went in, busted through one of the windows, opened up, made like a door.  The maintenance guy said I think the elevators are working, or it was the Chief said it. The Chief went around and says take a look at some of the elevators. I think we had a

maintenance guy with us at the time. He said these low-rise are working, it will get you up to 16. So we went up to 16, which was great because, walking 16 flights, we wouldn't be able to operate.

 

Now I'm about 20 to 25 feet from the windows and the building starts to shake, and I look out and I'm just seeing all the

steel from the south tower coming down right in front of my face, just all the steel, I mean, everything.

Then someone gave a Mayday to get out of the building.  So it took us quite a bit of time to hit the lobby and it was just destroyed. I mean, it looked like -- it wasn't the same lobby 15 minutes ago. It was just completely gone, every window was shattered, all the ceiling tile, the elevator banks had let go it seemed, the floor was all crushed down.

 

 

LIEUTENANT WAYNE MERA    FDNY    elevators working at WTC1

WCT1

We were walking up Vesey and we saw parts of the plane on the ground still burning. So we turn down onto West Street and get to the north tower.  We entered the north tower and reported to Chief Picciotto. He said we've got a report of people trapped on the 21st floor. So that's where we ended up going. We took the low-rise bank of elevators up to the 16th floor. It was a flying shaft from 1 to 8, so we stopped at 9 just to make sure it worked. Thank God it did. We went up to the 16th floor. We got off.

 

FIREFIGHTER HUGH METTHAM

 

WTC1

THE SCENE IN THE LOBBY NOW IS COMPLETE CHAOS SMALL FIRES AND SMOKE RISE FROM ONE AREA MARBLE SECTIONS THAT LINE THE WALLS HAVE SMASHED CABLE GLASS AND ELEVATOR PARTS LITTER THE AREA.

 

FIREFIGHTER KEITH MURPHY  FDNY

WTC1

WE CAME INTO THE LOBBY AND TO OUR LEFT IS THE CORE.   WE WALK UP AND COME TO THE CORE OF THE BUILDING . TO OUR IMMEDIATE LEFT IS TURNSTILES LIKE SECURITY TURNSTILES THERE WAS SECURITY GUARD HE GOES OKAY GUYS YOU GOT TO COME THROUGH HERE  BUNCH OF US WENT THROUGH IN FRONT OF ME WAS HALLWAY WHAT WOULD CALL AN ELEVATOR BANK.    TO MY IMMEDIATE LEFT IS BANK IF HAD TO GUESS WOULD SAY IT WAS MAYBE 75 80 FEET LONG. 

 

SOMEONE SAID AN ELEVATOR WHEN THE PLANE HIT IT SEVERED THE ELEVATOR CABLE AND IT CAME ALL THE WAY DOWN AND IT LOOKED LIKE SOMETHING HAD FALLEN DOWN HIT AND LIKE EXPLODED OUT

SO WE PROCEEDED NOW AT THIS POINT TO START PUTTING GEAR AND COMPANIES INTO THE ELEVATORS THEY WERE TAKING THEM TO 24. 

 

WE DIDNT GO BACK INTO THE MARRIOTT WHERE WE HAD COME OUT WE KIND OF WE BASICALLY MADE LIKE TURN AROUND THAT ELEVATOR BANK THAT I DESCRIBED   WE STARTED TO WALK WHICH TURNS OUT TOWARDS WEST STREET. 

 

Michael Beehler,  FDNY      WTC1   lobby  devastated

 

We made it down to Vesey and on to West Street, walking into the northwest corner of the north tower. They had a mini command post set up.  Lieutenant Mera came over. He said come on, we are going up to the 21 floor. There are reports of people trapped there.  There was a bank of elevators there that were still in service, so we took that up to, I believe the 15 or 16th floor. We got up and then we walked up to the 23 floor from there in the B staircase.  We started just searching the 21st floor. All the doors were locked. We were forcing all the doors. There was nobody on the floor.  I just remember feeling the building starting to shake and this tremendous like roar.  The boss told me and Artie Riccio, who was driving, to go check out the part where we just were down the hall a little bit.   All the windows in that area were all blown out. It was like a big office, it was a computer office.

 

 A Chief come over the radio. Anybody in the north tower get out now. 

When we got down to the lobby I just remember seeing all the windows in the north tower on the lobby floor blown out and there was like dust and debris everywhere

 

FIREFIGHTER PETER FALLUCCA  File No. 9110388

 

Every window in the place on the bottom floor was broken. When we first got there, just the windows where we went in there were broken, but now the windows in the back of the lobby were -- there wasn't a window in the bottom of the lobby,

 

 

 

FIREFIGHTER TIERNACH CASSIDY
In the rubble of WTC1: some firemen in the building survived the collapse

SO I TIE OFF AND GO DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE AND I STARTED COMING UP HE SAID HE FOUND HIM IT WAS THE GUYS FROM 36 THAT PORT AUTHORITY COP THREE CIVILIANS AND FRIEND OF MINE MICKEY CROSS.
Q. There guys were down in the big hole? Where were these guys? A. The fourth Floor of the north tower when it came down. HOW THEY SURVIVED I HAVE NO IDEA.                             I COULDNT BELIEVE IT.

 

FIREFIGHTER TIMOTHY MARMION
WTC1 after WTC2 fell(another survivor of the collapse):

I met a couple of the other firemen that were at the bottom of the stairs waiting there for me. As far as I know, there was no smoke condition in the lobby at that time. There were people over there (at the lobby command center). Eventually our officer who had lagged behind somewhat, he told us that he climbed out of the building(after the collapse). He was in that area with 6 Truck and that woman.

LIEUTENANT JAMES MCGLYNN survivor of WTC1 collapse

WE YELLED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR I SAID OKAY HE MUST HAVE KEPT GOING. AT THAT POINT WE TURNED AROUND AND DECIDED TO EXIT WE SAID OKAY LETS GET OUT OF HERE. WHEN WE TURNED AROUND TO EXIT THE BUILDING CAME DOWN. I BELIEVE I WAS BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR ON THE HALF LANDING AND IT STARTED TO SHAKE AND VIBRATE THEN HEARD THE SOUND OF FLOORS IMPLODING ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER YOU HEARD IT COMING AND YOU HEARD IT GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER AND THINGS ARE COMING DOWN ON TOP OF YOU. I HIT THE FLOOR AND ROLLED TO THE WALL AND JUST KIND OF COVERED UP INTO FETAL POSITION AND I STARTED SAYING MY PRAYERS FINALLY THAT STOPPED AND THE DEBRIS STARTED COMING WHEN THE LOUD BANGING STOPPED I SAID OKAY AT LEAST IM NOT GOING TO GET CRUSHED OR IM NOT GOING TO GET CRUSHED ON IMPACT. THEN THE DEBRIS KEPT COMING AND IT STARTED COVERING ME UP AND THOUGHT OH GOD IM GOING TO DIE AND JUST GET BURIED ALIVE SAID WOULD JUST RATHER DIE QUICKLY THAN GET BURIED ALIVE THEN THAT STOPPED. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE TWILIGHT THERE WAS SOME VERY LITTLE LIGHT THEN ALL THAT THE SMOKE AND THE DUST AND EVERYTHING LIFTED AND YOU COULD SEE. AT SOME POINT PROBABLY MAYBE AN HOUR OR SO AFTER THAT DONT KNOW IF IT WAS CAPTAIN NOW CHIEF JONAS MADE CONTACT WITH SOME OUTSIDE UNITS OR MAYBE IT WAS CHIEF PICCIOTTO IM NOT 100 PERCENT SURE WHO MADE CONTACT.

WHEN WE CAME OUT RIGHT HERE THERE WAS THIS GULLY IT WENT
SOMETHING LIKE THIS REMEMBER WHEN WE FINALLY CAME OUT WE HAD TO WALK DOWN INTO THIS CRATER.
Conclusion blanked out.

Captain John Jonas  FDNY

The Miracle of Ladder Company 6
http://www.acfd.com/miracle_of_ladder_company_6.htm

John Jonas FDNY: “And we were hearing explosions

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL Morabito
Saving civilian on 7th floor of WTC1 after it fell:

We hooked up with a guy from Rescue 5 and a guy from Rescue 2 and we helped rescue one civilian who was trapped on the 6th floor and pulled him down there from – So we had to climb up and this guy is trapped at probably about the 7th or 8th floor and he was just sitting on a piece of concrete when the whole building came down. I had shimmied out like a piece of conduit and he lowered him to me and I pulled him over, because we were over a big hole, I think it was the north tower.

 

FIREFIGHTER KIRK LONG   major damage to Port Authority area- 22 floor

 

WTC1

We walked through the main doors. We made it up to the 22nd floor.

We did locate somebody at the end of the hall, but everything was blown

out. The ceiling had fallen. The drop ceiling had blown to the floor. Some of the walls were blown out. So Andy and I had crawled down the

hallway to get to the Port Authority command post. After that we went back to the members, and when the building started to shake. I don't

remember anybody telling us to get out, but there was a Port Authority person with us and I believe he had orders to leave.

 

I get outside, still helping people out, still not knowing the south tower had gone down. We get outside, help some old man out. We

 

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL YAREMBINSKY   Port Authority Area

WTC1

WHEN WE GOT TO 22 WE HEARD THERE WAS PORT AUTHORITY COMMAND POST ON 22 SO WE WERE STOPPED THERE MY OFFICER WANTED TO FIND OUT SOME INFORMATION MY OFFICER LIEUTENANT ANDY DESPERITO HE WENT OVER TO THE COMMAND POST. WE NOTICED IN THE HALLWAY THAT THE  ELEVATOR SHAFT HAD BEEN BLOWN OUT THERE WAS NOTHING THERE NO DOORS NO FRAMING NOTHING.

WHEN YOU LOOKED DOWN ALL YOU SAW WAS THE CABLES FOR THE ELEVATOR AND THE BRICK WORK THAT WAS SURROUNDING.  Q. WAS IT BURNING? A. NO BURNING NO SMOKE COMING OUT OF IT

 

Fireman Louie Cacchioli -  FDNY

I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there was bombs set in the building.”           http://www.prisonplanet.com/louie_cacchioli.html

 

 

FIREFIGHTER ARTHUR RICCIO

 

WTC1

Battalion 11, I don't know who it was, he came around and said,

"You know what, this elevator here goes to 16.  So we took it, went to 16.  We walked up and got to 21. 21 was locked.  We went back down to 21, forced the door, we go in. Nobody was in there.  It was a little hazy. The bathrooms were charred. 

 

When we got down to the lobby, it was like a bomb hit it. I looked around and said, oh, my God, every window is busted.

 

 

FIRE PATROLMAN PAUL CURRAN       

                                (car fires after WTC1 fell)

At that time I went back to the north tower again, and they were stretching a line. A lot of car fires erupted. All of a sudden cars were blowing up everywhere. I went back and I helped a guy stretch

a line. The guy was all by himself. I helped him stretch a line and started putting water on the car fires. I remember distinctly walking

past -- I saw 118 Truck. 118 Truck was parked right on West Street  north of Vesey. 

 

Paul Bessler     FDNY                   some radios were working in WTC1

22nd floor of WTC1 after 2nd tower collapsed.    Unlike reported, the radios were working in WTC1. Several of the firemen said so in their statements.  Perhaps some radios weren’t working.

 

Just at that point, my radio came clear as day, "Imminent collapse. This was a terrorist attack. Evacuate." That's exactly what I heard. I think that was Chief Picciotto that was giving the order. We relayed that again, hoping that the brothers would hear it above us,

 

FIREFIGHTER JOHN DRUMM  FDNY   

 

In WTC1 on 31st floor after WTC2 collapse            radio message to evacuate WTC1

After the noise had stopped, there was a transmission on the radio that I had. I was in a position on 39 control that day, so I had a radio so I could hear it myself on my radio.  There was a transmission that I'm guessing was repeated about five times: "Imminent collapse, imminent collapse of the north tower. Immediate evacuation." At least five times I heard that.

 

FIREFIGHTER CHARLES GAFFNEY

 

WTC1 after WTC2 collapsed

I remember hearing a radio transmission, "Urgent!" I don't know who gave it, but I remember hearing an "Urgent!" that all inside operations were off. Everybody out of the building, and we all started running down the stairs.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER ROBERT BYRNE                   radio was working some

 

.  WTC1 before WTC2 collapsed

On the 13th floor we took a break. I remember hearing radio calls then, by other units, some maydays, members down with chest pains.

 

EMT GREGG BRADY

Setting up in WTC1, then setting up triage area in WTC7 lobby

At that time radios were working, cell phones we were having a lot of trouble with.

 

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN

WTC1

 

IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABOUT 30 SECONDS LATER HAD HEARD HANDY TALKY TRANSMISSION BELIEVE IT WAS MAYDAY MAYDAY EVACUATE THE BUILDING EVACUATE THE BUILDING ON CHANNEL 1

 

FIRE MARSHAL MICHAEL CAIN   pictures and videos of collapse

File No. 9110373

 

I went over to his office, which faces the World Trade Center and I had my digital camera with me and I looked out the window and I could see the fire. I took a few pictures of it. of it  I got a video camera with a couple of tapes. I set it up on the tripod in the window facing the Trade Center enclosing the top of -- the top, more like where the

cash area was and I started the tape and as I was getting my fire gear ready looking out the window again, when we saw the second plane crash into the second tower. I left the tape running and I knew it was not an accident, you know, that this happened. I got back up towards Liberty and on West Street Bobby Burns yelled to me, "run." I looked up. I

took a few pictures as I saw the building start to collapse,

 

 

FIREFIGHTER GERARD CASEY  WTC2

       concourse restaurant & street gone, huge crater after WTC2 fell

 

We put our gear on, started going moving forward, and that's when we heard the rumbling. Somebody screamed, "The building's coming down." I had one shoulder strap on, I dropped my mask and I turned around and made it to -- I tried to run towards the restaurant to get out.

I didn't get any more than one step and everything just turned black, and I got pulled into a corner in there that was still standing.

I came out. I came out of the crater.  The street was gone, the restaurant and everything was gone.

 

 

Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano    FDNY

 

There was no debris on that street at all from the first plane.  I didn't see jumpers from the south tower. I saw jumpers from the north tower.

 

 

 

EMT ALAN COOKE       explosion While driving away from WTC2 collapse:

WTC1

WE GOT TO THE BEGINNING OF THE FOR DRIVE BY THE FERRY AND GUESS BECAUSE OF THE WAYTHE STREETS CHANNEL EVERYTHING ONE OF THE FIRE BALLS OR WHATEVER HAD TO HAVE MADE IT AS FAR AS THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED AT THAT TIME IT SEEMED LIKE AN EXPLOSION WAS COMING FROM THERE THOUGHT AN EXPLOSION WAS COMING FROM THERE THATS WHEN EVERYBODY STARTED RUNNING TOWARDS US FROM THE SEAPORT  NOW WE HAD EVERYBODY RUNNING US FROM THE SEAPORT AND RUNNING TO US FROMTHE WEST SIDE SO WE COULDNT GO EITHER WAY. THATS WHEN ALL THE  ASH AND  EVERYTHING STARTED COMING

 

CHIEF JOSEPH PFEIFER  FDNY

 

 Vesey and West.

I pulled in front of the building. I looked up and I saw no fire coming out, no smoke coming out, which would have been the west side of the building.

We saw there was somewhat of a hole, from our position, certainly, maybe three or four of the stories, three stories I think I said. Again, there was no fire coming out. So, when we got there, there was no fire and on the west side there was no smoke. But there was an obvious hole in the building. I went into the lobby. Q. You were the first highest ranking officer on the scene? A. Correct.

 

But right before the south tower collapsed, I noticed a lot of people just left the lobby, and I heard we had a crew of all different people,

high-level people in government, everybody was gone, almost like they had information that we didn't have.

 

PARAMEDIC JOEL PIERCE

I WAS DEFINITELY THERE FOR  A LONG TIME. I’M STILL COUGHING LOT AND DON’T EVEN SMOKE

 

Firemen statements regarding WTC7

http://www.flcv.com/911fwtc7.html

 

Firemen statements by witnesses to planes and plane debris

http://www.flcv.com/wtcplane.html

 

WTC2 Survivor Statements by those a plane level or above:

http://www.flcv.com/wtc2surv.html

 

WTC1 Victim statements by those at plane level or above

http://www.flcv.com/wtc1vict.html