Remembering Sept. 11, 2001. What were you doing.

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Postby King_Ice_Flash » Sat Sep 11, 2004 4:38 pm

I work at a gas station, we were normally open until 7, but we stayed and sold out of unleaded and midgrade about 6. We sold Premium until 2 in the morning. We raised the price by .15 because a gas about 50 feet away did, and people were trying to sue us for price gouging.
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Postby Thorn » Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:08 pm

My day started meeting a friend at a local coffee house. My wife called me on my cell phone to say she'd heard the first tower was hit by a plane. By the time my friend and I found a TV in the bar next door, the second plane had hit and we knew it was no accident. As I drove back to my home there were early reports that the Pentagon had been bombed and that a third plane had been shot down by military jet fighters in Pennsylvania. Obviously in retrospect not quite right, but as I said, these were early reports.

At home I worked the phones and email trying to locate various relatives and friends, all while keeping one eye on MSNBC. We have large amount of family members, including our son, and friends in NYPD. Most of them had responded to the initial callout and had been assigned to the WTC. In addition we had some in-laws and friends who worked in the WTC at the time. Although quite a few friends of friends died, everyone we knew who was there at the time got out alive. We had some very anxious hours until everyone was located or accounted for, but we were luckier than so many people whose family members never came home.

One of those who never came home was John G."Chip" Chipura, USMC, NYPD, FDNY.

Chip was a young Marine in Lebanon in 1983 when he survived his barracks being bombed. As a NYPD Police Officer he was on duty in 1993 at the World Trade Center and survived the truck bombing. He had transferred to the FDNY in 2001 and was one of the firefighters killed when the towers collapsed. There are those who say that it took the fundamentalists three tries before they finally got Chip.

Please remember the 342 other members of FDNY/EMS and the 37 members of PAPD, as well as these twenty-three of New York's Finest:

P.O. John Perry, 40th Pct.
P.O. James Leahy, 6th Pct.
P.O. Robert Fazio, 13th Pct.
P.O. Moira Smith, 13th Pct.
P.O. Ramon Suarez, Transit District 4
P.O. Mark Ellis, Transit District 4
P.O. Brian McDonnell, E.S.U., Sqd. 1
P.O. John Dallara, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
P.O. Vincent Danz, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Jerome Dominguez, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Walter Weaver, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Stephen Driscoll, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
P.O. Ronald Kloepfer, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Santos Valentin, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Thomas Langone, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Paul Talty, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Glen Pettit, Police Academy
Det. Joseph Vigiano, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Det. Claude Richards, E.S.U., Bomb Sqd.
Sgt. Martin Curtin, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Sgt. John Coughlin, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
Sgt. Rodney Gillis, E.S.U., Sqd. 8
Sgt. Timothy Roy, Transit Division

These were four hundred and three of the men and women running in when everyone else was running out.
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Postby Deoje » Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:49 pm

I was in the FTO program at my new department. We were having an early morning "choir practice" after work to celebrate my birthday. Sort of put a damper on the celebration to say the least. We all just ended up staring at the tv for a few hours and prepared to be called back to work.
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Postby G8tK33per » Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:27 pm

Thorn wrote:My day started meeting a friend at a local coffee house. My wife called me on my cell phone to say she'd heard the first tower was hit by a plane. By the time my friend and I found a TV in the bar next door, the second plane had hit and we knew it was no accident. As I drove back to my home there were early reports that the Pentagon had been bombed and that a third plane had been shot down by military jet fighters in Pennsylvania. Obviously in retrospect not quite right, but as I said, these were early reports.

At home I worked the phones and email trying to locate various relatives and friends, all while keeping one eye on MSNBC. We have large amount of family members, including our son, and friends in NYPD. Most of them had responded to the initial callout and had been assigned to the WTC. In addition we had some in-laws and friends who worked in the WTC at the time. Although quite a few friends of friends died, everyone we knew who was there at the time got out alive. We had some very anxious hours until everyone was located or accounted for, but we were luckier than so many people whose family members never came home.

One of those who never came home was John G."Chip" Chipura, USMC, NYPD, FDNY.

Chip was a young Marine in Lebanon in 1983 when he survived his barracks being bombed. As a NYPD Police Officer he was on duty in 1993 at the World Trade Center and survived the truck bombing. He had transferred to the FDNY in 2001 and was one of the firefighters killed when the towers collapsed. There are those who say that it took the fundamentalists three tries before they finally got Chip.

Please remember the 342 other members of FDNY/EMS and the 37 members of PAPD, as well as these twenty-three of New York's Finest:

P.O. John Perry, 40th Pct.
P.O. James Leahy, 6th Pct.
P.O. Robert Fazio, 13th Pct.
P.O. Moira Smith, 13th Pct.
P.O. Ramon Suarez, Transit District 4
P.O. Mark Ellis, Transit District 4
P.O. Brian McDonnell, E.S.U., Sqd. 1
P.O. John Dallara, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
P.O. Vincent Danz, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Jerome Dominguez, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Walter Weaver, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Stephen Driscoll, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
P.O. Ronald Kloepfer, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Santos Valentin, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Thomas Langone, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Paul Talty, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Glen Pettit, Police Academy
Det. Joseph Vigiano, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Det. Claude Richards, E.S.U., Bomb Sqd.
Sgt. Martin Curtin, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Sgt. John Coughlin, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
Sgt. Rodney Gillis, E.S.U., Sqd. 8
Sgt. Timothy Roy, Transit Division

These were four hundred and three of the men and women running in when everyone else was running out.

This is what makes us part of the brotherhood, the one that makes us take the pledge...the one that says to do for those that can't do for themselves, the one that says to do what's right, the one that says my brother/sister may not be perfect but when the call goes out he/she is not going down alone without a fight...and if God decides to take me in the process then we go together. This is the pledge we take, it's a thin blue line that many will never see or understand and I don't care. You are my brother in arms.

..never forget. Never.
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Postby yellow1 » Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:15 am

Was walking out of a UAL San Franciso/Paris flight...guess I got lucky on that one. Awful day, what more can be said :(
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Postby darkling » Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:37 am

I was taking a girl to buy some Dylan Thomas poetry for her boyfriend when we heard the announcement on the radio in the book shop.

Then we went to the cinema. A Knight's Tale was showing.
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Postby NinjaPablo » Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:59 pm

Woke up to my dad saying "A plane crashed into the world trade center." Watched the coverage for a few minutes, then saw the 2nd plane hit and realized this was no accident. Called in to work as we had relatives in the area, and wanted to make sure they were safe (they were).

Picked up a 12 pack that night and went over to a friends house, discussing how much the people who did this were going to pay.
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Postby Monitr7 » Sun Sep 12, 2004 2:30 pm

NinjaPablo wrote: Picked up a 12 pack that night and went over to a friends house, discussing how much the people who did this were going to pay.


Sad thing is that the ones who did this still haven't paid. At least, not enough.

I was at work when the towers fell. Needless to say, we went home early that day. As I crossed the Woodrow Wilson bridge from VA to MD, I saw the smoke from the Pentagon. I just started pounding on the steering wheel and screaming for blood from the cowardly jackals that did this. Oddly enough, and in a wierd way comforting, I looked around afterward and saw quite a few people doing the same thing.
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Postby GovCon » Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:26 pm

Sad thing is that the ones who did this still haven't paid. At least, not enough.


Also sadly enough, the people who did this and the kind of people who would do this still do not think that the Americans or any society similar have paid enough for what they deem to be injustices and sins.
I believe that what happened that day was as a result of misunderstandings and widespread ignorance on both sides, but no matter how bad things were it still sickens me to think that these things had to be exposed and expressed in such a way.
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Postby audit » Sun Sep 12, 2004 5:52 pm

I was at a shithole of a company working with it came across the news that a plane had it the first tower, the president of the company came out and asked if it was a joke. My cell started ringing like crazy as I have a lot of friends in the .gov and .mil sectors and they were asking where I was at.

I turned on a TV while listening to my boss bitch at me to get back to work and saw the second plane hit. I then called my wife and told her to go get the kids from school and wait for me. I tried to leave work but was told that if I didn't get back to my office then I was fired.

Well needless to say, I was unemployed after that. I lost a lot of friends that day and don't think I slept for 5 days as I was glued to the TV. My wife even brought a small fridge over next to me so I could reach in and get a fresh beer without missing a beat.

I still get upset about what happened and mark my words, bin laden will come out just before elections in our custody. That bastard should be strapped to the front of a nuke and then it fired off at his country.
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Postby weshartman » Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:00 pm

I was teaching a group of seniors to use the Internet and set-up free e-mail. We ended up spending most of the time surfing the Net for current news.
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Postby G8tK33per » Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:02 pm

Yo, Wes...didja notice how old the thread was there buddy?
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Postby nashr » Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:02 am

I was working at a consulting firm in Herndon, minutes away from Dulles airport (we heard the jet fighters swoosh overhead on multiple occassions). We heard the news and started scrambling for followup data. All the internet news sites were jammed, so we started hunting for alternatives. Radios came out, and an old TV was rolled out of storage. We had no cable, so someone ran out for some rabbit ears.

It was then that we started our own risk analysis (imagine a bunch of Security geeks sitting around watching this and imagining all the possible scenarios). Then someone remembered the NSA bldg behind us. I thought this over in light of the events taking place and determined there was no risk. The bldg was not a well known NSA site, not a landmark, and not easily identifiable from the air. That didn't faze the guys in the bldg, however. We watched them setting up a .50 cal on the roof!

I actually stayed in the office until mid afternoon. The roads were jammed up, so I just hung out until everyone else had gone home. When I left around 2:30 I had the easiest ride home of the entire time I worked out there.
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Postby theprez98 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:00 am

Apologies for digging up an old thread but I didn't feel starting a new one was warranted...

I came across this video. While I've seen several 9/11 tributes, this one brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again why we're doing what we're doing over here.
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Postby Starpoint » Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:47 am

theprez98 wrote:Apologies for digging up an old thread but I didn't feel starting a new one was warranted...

I came across this video. While I've seen several 9/11 tributes, this one brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again why we're doing what we're doing over here.


That one always brings tears to my eyes. Be safe while you are over there and remember that WE support you in your efforts.

I would like to PERSONALLY thank you for my freedoms that were paid for with the blood of soldiers that went before you, for allowing me to keep those freedoms. I cherish them daily.

May you return safely to your family and loved ones.
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