"It's Us or Nobody"
It all started September 11, 2001. At 8:46 AM hijacked flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North tower of the World trade Center. At 8:47 NYPD and FDNY sent units to the towers while Port Authority Police Department Officers began immediate evacuation of the North Tower. At 8:50 President George W. Bush learned that a plane hit the World Trade Center. The President was visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida. At 9:05 flight 175 crashed into floors 75-85 of the South Tower killing many on board. At 9:37 hijacked flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. killing 59 on board and 125 military people inside the building. At 9:59 the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed and at 10:28 the North Tower collapsed 102 minutes after being struck by flight 11. At 10:07 passengers and crew members aboard flight 93 contact friends and family to tell them that their plane had been hijacked. They learned about the attacks in New York and Washington, and attempted to get control of the plane. When they were able to get control they crashed the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. All 40 passengers and the crew were killed.
Heroes at the Pentagon
"It's Us or Nobody"
On September 11, 2001 Flight 77 struck the Pentagon. Workers felt the rocking of the building and they knew that it was an explosion. Everyone started to panic. The plane had crashed into the Navy Command Center. Some people tried to go out of the front entrance but it was totally destroyed. Smoke and fumes made it hard to breathe. On the other side of the building David M. Thomas and other workers heard the crash and realized that people were trapped. Thomas rushed to the site to help injured people evacuate. David Tarantino, a doctor, left his office and also began helping the confused and injured workers out of the smoky hallway. He helped evacuate three floors before he began helping the people trapped in the Navy Command Center. He entered the burning command center and attempted to rescue people from the fire. One of those people was Jerry Henson. Henson was the last person who was rescued from the Pentagon. David Thomas and David Tarantino were heroes who risked their lives to save others. They had minor cuts and bruises and smoke inhalation but returned to work the next day. In 2003 Tarantino was awarded the Medal of Valor.