Remembering 9/11: Where Were You?

More than a decade after the World Trade Center’s collapse, a note a victim wrote and threw from a tower finally fell into the hands of his wife and daughters.

The devastating collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was more than a decade ago, but one Connecticut family recently learned that the husband and father they lost in the attacks hadn’t died the way they thought. 

A note Randy Scott scribbled onto a piece of paper and threw from the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center was passed from person to person until it fell into the hands of his wife and daughters, according to an article on SFGate. 

After reading the note, the family realized Scott hadn’t died instantly when the second plane crashed into the tower near the floors containing the offices of Euro Brokers Inc., where Scott worked, according to the article.

The note read:

"84th floor

West Office

12 people trapped"

According to the article, someone had found the note on the street and handed it to a guard at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It was minutes before the building collapsed.

The note had a small spot of Scott’s blood that officials used in DNA tests to determine the note’s author and deliver it to his family in August 2011. 

The note has forever changed the Scott family’s perception of what happened on Sept. 11. 

What do you remember about that day? Where were you when the towers collapsed?

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Kelly Poulos September 11, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I was in Taipei sound asleep as it was past midnight there. My American friend who lived in Hong Kong called my room. I let the phone ring and ring and finally answered and snapped "Who is this?" Jim, my friend told me to turn on TV quick the WTC and Pentagon had been attacked. I was 6,455 miles away from home. My son Jimmy and daughter in law Lis live in NYC...There was no phone service to the States but they did get some e-mails to me so I knew my kids were OK. My birthday is today.Now our tradition is to celebrate and also to remember....
Tracey Ruiz September 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
My husband and I were in Washington, D.C. — staying in a hotel that was six blocks away from the White House — and getting ready to start our first day of tours when he turned on the TV and we started to watch everything unfold. On the news, the video of the towers, a commentator counting down the minutes until a second plane would reach the White House, reports of the Pentagon crash, erroneous reports of the Washington monument destroyed. A supersonic boom, helicopters and outside the hotel, people running. Away from home, not knowing anyone...it was a little bit like being caught in another country...at war.
Rick Fraites September 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Aveiro, Portugal.


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