September 11th, 2010

9/11

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the mass murder at the World Trade Center. Is it really 9 years?

How the world has changed as a direct result of that one incident.

I heard on the radio today some ex Secret Service guy saying how, in the years before 9/11, the Yanks had 10 chances to take out Bin Laden, but the president declined to authorise action fearing collateral damage or bad publicity.

I was off on the 9th September that year along with millions of others watched events unfold in real time.

I was in close contact with several American Officers within a couple of days was able to listen to some of the recordings from officers on their radios from within the World Trade Center before it collapsed.

I recall one particular recording of a female officer trapped struggling to breathe. It was gut-wrenching listening knowing she died along with so many others.

There were 341 New York City Firefighters killed plus 2 NYFD paramedics, 37 Port Authority police officers, 23 NYPD officers plus 8 EMTs & paramedics from private companies who were killed that day.

I think today should be a day when people reflect on the fact that no matter what happens, there are a small group of people, mainly in the emergency services, who, when everyone else is running away from something, will run towards it.

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9 comments

  1. Fee says:

    God rest all their souls.

    September 12th, 2010 at 11:09

  2. shijuro says:

    I remember it well… recovering from nights.

    All those people and those brave officers, fire ambo and MOPS that did so much…

    RIP.

    September 12th, 2010 at 14:25

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I remember a few particular moments during that day, I only got home to see the live pictures after the first tower had been hit, I think. I do remember listening on the car radio and telling the girlfriend that this was a game-changer.

    I think even the terrorists didn`t really believe they could pull it off, and were probably a bit shocked when they realised exactly what they had unleashed on themselves.

    The irony though, they killed quite a few real Muslims in those towers along with all the other races and religions.

    For any other individuals who would like to have a go at the same thing, just think about it, how many genuine religions require devout followers to gain a jet aircraft pilots licence and fly it into a skyscraper in order to get into your version of heaven? Any mention of Boeing or Airbus in the Koran? Didn`t think so. Someones yanking your chain mate.

    September 12th, 2010 at 18:55

  4. Tony F says:

    Suicide bombers, how many of your ‘leaders’ are prepared to ‘show the way’? None.

    I was listening to R2 that afternoon. In disbelief at first, then absolute horror.

    When we did our technical training as avionics engineers, we were ‘privileged’ to hear some CVR and ATC Audio recordings of fatal accidents. It is one of the most horrible things to, even be, aware of the sound of some human beings last sounds before the static. Sometime an expletive, sometimes, but rarely, a prayer to some deity or other (failed). I still remember one, just a chap on his own, lost in cloud. The cloud reached the ground, and he was low on fuel, and didn’t know how to read his instruments. He lost control, stalled and spun in. It took a long time.

    September 12th, 2010 at 19:57

  5. Blueknight says:

    I came in about two for a late turn. First job was to make a tea and in the canteen I saw a the admin staff gathered around the TV that is never switched off.
    Reports of a plane hitting the Trade Tower said the news reader.We have some pictures. I expected it to be a small private plane with a propeller, so I was v. surprised to see a passenger jet and even more surprised to see the second plane hit the tower.
    The Americans could have bumped Bin Laden off before then but I am not sure that they had any reason to do so.there was a bomb in Tanzania, but I am not sure if they could pin it on him then.

    September 12th, 2010 at 21:22

  6. Radio Head says:

    Wow, almost a decade has past since it happened. Coming from someone who lives outside the US, remembering how it all went down, it was just heartbreaking. I even remember how we discussed this thorougly, and shared how groundbreakingly fatal this is for the internatinal community.

    For those lost lives, may they rest in peace. And for those real life heroes that sprung from 9/11, may they carry on and prosper.

    September 13th, 2010 at 05:49

  7. Ben says:

    “there are a small group of people, mainly in the emergency services, who, when everyone else is running away from something, will run towards it.”

    Hear hear.

    September 13th, 2010 at 11:51

  8. Plodnomore says:

    I’ve never been one for conspiracy theories but there are several aspects of this horrific incident and those related to it, which still haven’t been answered. On that day, the whole of the USA grounded all aircraft – except one. It is recorded that one place was allowed to leave American airspace. That plane contained members of the Bin Laden family. The video recording of the aircraft allegedly striking the Pentagon has never been made public – only some periphal shots which show a corner of the building and then some sort of explosion.
    As far as extreme sanctions against Osama Bin Laden being refused as it could not be proven he had committed terrorist acts, since when has that stopped the USA, which has a record of ‘disposing’ of anyone, especially heads of governments, who show some aspect of being against American interests. The proof or otherwise of a known terrorist being implicated in a specific incident would not bother the Government of the day of the USA.
    By the way, I lost a cousin and several friends in the Twin Towers so have no support for the scum who planned or carried out this atrocity.

    September 13th, 2010 at 13:09

  9. shijuro says:

    Every time we see those two towers on an old movie, wifey and I both groan…

    I am reminded of a conversation between King Theoden and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings…

    ‘What can men do against such reckless hate?’
    ‘Ride out to meet it!’

    September 14th, 2010 at 13:13

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