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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-29-05 10:39 PM
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139. Several more survivors of WTC2 collapse - in the lobby
BATTALION CHIEF BRIAN OFLAHERTY
Several survivors of WTC2 collapse:
I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING DOWN. THE BUILDING I WAS IN WAS COMING DOWN. I LOOKED REAL QUICK FORWARD DIDNT LIKE THAT OPTION BECAUSE IT WAS BIG HIGH LOBBY LOT OF GLASS. I FIGURED IT WAS NOT THAT WELL SUPPORTED REMEMBER SEEING THOSE COLUMNS. I REMEMBER TAKINGA FEW STEPS AND TRYING TO RUN AND YOURE EITHER THROWN OR BLOWN OFF YOUR FEET. I REMEMBER IENDED UP MY FACE. I WAS RIGHT UP AGAINST THE WALL. A COLUMN WAS RIGHT NEAR MY LEFT SHOULDER. A BIG COLUMN.

IT WAS TERRIBLE NOISE BESIDES THE BUILDING SHUDDERING THE SOUND WAS HORRENDOUS TO ME IT SOUNDED LIKE STEEL CUTTING THROUGH STEEL. THATS HOW I EXPLAIN IT YOURE LAYING
THERE THERES STUFF HITTING YOU HAD MY RIGHT HAND UP BEHIND MY HEAD AND NECK AND JUST SAID LET IT BE MERCIFUL BECAUSE YOU THINK ITS ALL OVER THERES STUFF HITTING YOU BUT NOTHING THE STUFF IS DEBRIS FLYING AROUND. ALL OF SUDDEN THE NOISE STOPS. THEN I HEAR SOMEBODY COUGH BEHIND. ITS MYERS. He helps me up to my knees. IT WAS FLOOR TO CEILING DEBRIS IT WAS JUST SOLID FROM AS HIGH UP AS CAN LOOK WHICH IS PRETTY HIGH AT THIS POINT. Then I THINK LARRY ANSWERED. WE START TO MOVE TOWARDS HIM. I COULD HEAR SOME GUY YELLING MAYDAY ON THE RADIO HANDY TALKY. THERES BEEN A COLLAPSE. WERE TRAPPED I LOOKED IT WAS EDDIE HENRY FROM THE 40 BATTALION. I RECOGNIZED HIM. I TURNED ANOTHER WAY AND THERE WAS LIEUTENANT THERE. BACK. THERES A CIVILIAN AND I DONT KNOW IF ITS THE SAME GUY MET THE FIRST TIME OR NOT AGAIN CIVILIAN CLOTHES. I SAID YOU STAY BY THIS FIRST DOOR. YOU KEEP THE DOOR OPEN IM GOING THROUGH THE SECOND DOOR. THERES ANOTHER DOOR IF START YELLING YOU JUST YELL. I DIDNT KNOW IF I WAS GOING THROUGH MAZE OR NOT. AS SOON AS I OPENED THE THIRD DOOR THERES HOLE IN THE WALL COULD SEE OUT ONTO WEST STREET.



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