0 Have your say He survived the twin towers’ collapse, crawling to freedom, but years on Leeds-born Paul Berriff’s most vivid memory of 9/11 remains a brief moment the previous night. This article originally ran in the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2011That night the British documentary-maker and his wife Hilary were at a supermarket near their apartment, just two blocks from the centre, when they bumped into a group of firefighters shopping for their evening meal.-> There was an inferno and every floor above me was gone - Leeds survivor's first hand account of 9/11 terror attack“We all went through the checkouts together and as we came out there was a massive thunderstorm. You could see lightning striking the top of the World Trade Center,” he said.“We laughed and joked with them as they radioed for a firetruck to pick them up so they wouldn’t get soaked.“Those three crews were the first on the scene that morning, we … [Read more...] about The noise was ‘like 50 jumbo jets’ says Leeds 9/11 survivor caught in World Trade Center attack
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They were the final desperate acts of the trapped workers as smoke engulfed the Twin Towers. More than 1,000 phone calls were made in just 10 minutes after the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the buildings - and thousands more kept calling as the horror unfolded. Some reached loved ones, others left heart-rending messages. On the 17th anniversary of 9/11 we look, in moving detail, at some of those last conversations. Kevin Cosgrove - 105 floor Dad-of-three Kevin, 45, was one of the few people still on the line to emergency services as the South Tower collapsed. The Aon Corporation vice president’s frantic call ended abruptly with screams and the sound of debris falling on him. He called at 9.45am. Cosgrove: Lady, there’s two of us in this office. We’re not ready to die but it’s getting bad. 911: We’re getting there. Cosgrove: Doesn’t feel like it man, I got kids. Cosgrove: There’s smoke really bad. 911: Sit tight and … [Read more...] about Heartbreaking final words of those who died inside the Twin Towers on 9/11
GROUND Zero is where America changed forever after the 9/11 attacks. Here is a brief on the location where the tragedy unfolded. What is Ground Zero? Ground Zero is where the World Trade Center stood in New York City before terrorist hijacked airliners and crashed the jets into two towers on September 11, 2001. They were part of a complex of seven building, all of which were destroyed when the skyscrapers collapsed. Nearly 3,000 died here. Where is Ground Zero? Ground Zero is a 14.6-acre area in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The site is bounded by Vesey Street to the north, the West Side Highway to the west, Liberty Street to the south, and Church Street to the east. What does Ground Zero mean? Ground Zero originated as a term to describe the site of a nuclear explosion and later was used to refer to the point of any dramatic or violent event. New Yorkers started calling the World Trade Center site Ground Zero shortly after suicide hijackers destroyed the twin towers and killed … [Read more...] about What is Ground Zero, where is it, what does Ground Zero mean and why is it now called the World Trade Center site?
THE horrific events of 9/11 continue to shape the world we live in, 17 years after they took place. Thousands were killed during the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. When was 9/11? On September 11, 2001 a group of al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners. Two planes - American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 75 - were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York. Another was flown into the Pentagon in Washington and the fourth crashed into a field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania after a struggle between the hijackers and passengers. How many people died in the terror attack on the World Trade Center Of the 2,996 who died on 9/11, including the 19 hijackers, 2,753 were killed at the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed following the impact, with debris causing more deaths and injury on the streets below. Many people including the emergency response teams lost their lives trying to save others. … [Read more...] about When was 9/11, how many people died in the terror attack and where is the World Trade Center memorial?
Glass from the Twin Towers and a rivet of 9/11 steel from the World Trade Center were donated to the Medal of Honour Exhibition in Kinsale, Co Cork over the weekend with 35 members of the New York Fire Department travelling over to the town for the ceremony. Members of Ladder 43 were said to have been particularly moved by their visit to the Kinsale Garden of Remembrance which is dedicated to the memory of Fr Mychal Judge, former chaplain of the New York Fire Department, and to the 343 firefighters who died in New York on September 11, 2001. Founder of the Irish Veterans Organisation, Declan Hughes, said looking at the shard of glass he imagined the regular person who was going about their business in the Twin Towers, perhaps glancing out that very window on the day of the terrorist attack. Mr Hughes said he was honoured that the New York Fire Brigade had travelled in such large numbers to donate the items to the exhibition. He said the firefighters also went to the White House in … [Read more...] about NY firemen donate glass, steel from Twin Towers to Kinsale exhibition