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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-13-05 10:55 PM
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7. There isn't a statement there by Lou Cacchioli or Tommy Hedsal.
My own personal note. I believe I read somewhere that the 23rd-25th floors of the North Tower contained the FBI offices.

http://prisonplanet.com/articles/july2005/200705twisted...

CACCHIOLI AND CREW ENTER NORTH TOWER AND GO UP TO 24TH FLOOR

Although the Marriot was a bad scene, the north tower looked like a war zone. When he entered the lobby, Cacchioli recalls elevator doors completely blown out and another scene of mass chaos with people running, screaming and being hit with debris.

I remember thinking to myself, my God, how could this be happening so quickly if a plane hit way above. It didnt make sense, said Cacchioli.

At that point, Cacchioli found one of the only functioning elevators, one only going as high as the 24th floor, a twist of fate that probably saved his life.

Looking back if it was one of the elevators that went higher, I wouldnt be here talking today, added Cacchioli.

As he made his way up along with men from Engine Co. 21, 22 and Ladder Co. 13, the doors opened on the 24th floor, a scene again that hardly made sense to the seasoned fireman, claiming the heavy dust and haze of smoke he encountered was unusual considering the location of the strike.

Tommy Hedsal was with me and everybody else also gets out of the elevator when it stops on the 24th floor, said Cacchioli, There was a huge amount of smoke. Tommy and I had to go back down the elevator for tools and no sooner did the elevators close behind us, we heard this huge explosion that sounded like a bomb. It was such a loud noise, it knocked off the lights and stalled the elevator.

Luckily, we werent caught between floors and were able to pry open the doors. People were going crazy, yelling and screaming. And all the time, I am crawling low and making my way in the dark with a flashlight to the staircase and thinking Tommy is right behind me.

I somehow got into the stairwell and there were more people there. When I began to try and direct down, another huge explosion like the first one hits. This one hits about two minutes later, although its hard to tell, but Im thinking, Oh. My God, these bastards put bombs in here like they did in 1993!

But still it never crossed my mind the building was going to collapse. I really only had two things on my mind and that was getting people out and saving lives. Thats what I was trained for and thats what I was going to do.

I remember at that point in the stairwell between the 23rd and 24th floor, I threw myself down on the steps because of the smoke. It was pitch black, I had my mask on and I was crawling down the steps until I found the door on the 23rd floor.

When Cacchioli entered the 23rd floor, he found a little man holding a handkerchief in front of his face and hiding under the standpipes on the wall, used for pumping water on the floor in case of fire.

Leading the man by the arm, he then ran into a group down the hall of about 35 to 40 people, finding his way down the 23rd floor stairwell and beginning their descent to safety.

Then as soon as we get in the stairwell, I hear another huge explosion like the other two. Then I heard bang, bang, bang - huge bangs and surmised later it was the floors pan caking on top of one another.

I knew we had to get out of there fast and on the 12th floor a man even jumped on my back because he thought he couldnt make it any farther. Everybody was shocked and dazed and it was a miracle all of us got this far.

When the group led by Cacchioli finally made it to the lobby level, he was unable to open the door at first, the concussion of the explosions or perhaps the south tower falling, jamming the lobby door.

Finally jarring it loose, the group entered the lobby finding total devastation with windows blown out and marble falling form the walls, but strangely no people. At that point, it was either left or right to an exit, Cacchioli, the man he originally found by the standpipes and another lady going right while the others went left, a move which by the grace of God saved his life.

It seemed like every move I made that morning was the right move, said Cacchioli. I should have been killed at least five times. The people that went left didnt make it out, but we came out alive on West Street.

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