Today marks the 11th anniversary of September 11th. As we respectfully pause and reflect on the almost 3,000 innocent lives lost on that day—from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., to the World Trade Towers in New York City—let us also consider those who survived and lived to tell their harrowing stories.
We look back at some of these memorable stories of heroism, loss, and most importantly, hope, through exclusive clips from our “I Survived” series.
Frank Razzanno was in the Marriott Hotel in the World Trade Center when the South Tower collapsed on top of it. A firefighter pulled him out to safety, but Razzanno was unable to thank him for saving his life. Watch this clip to discover if the two men ever united.
Betty had to crawl through burning offices to escape the Pentagon after it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77. In this clip, she talks about how she’s been able to cope and the advice her mother gave her that made her look at her survival in a new light.
John Yates was the head of security at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Dealing with major survivor’s guilt, he shares about what he had to do in order to move on—but also what he refused to do to remember his co-workers who died that day.
Bonnie, an EMT, responded to the World Trade Center attacks. She was buried in the collapse of the South Tower and as a result, suffers from nerve damage, seizures, and has had multiple reconstructive surgeries. She brings to light the importance of fighting for 9/11 workers’ rights.
Lt Col. Victor Correa was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and helped save many people from the burning building. He discusses letting go of his fears and opening up to fellow survivors in order to heal.