9/11 History

By Brianna S.

Don't Jump, We're Coming

Lieutenant Ross Terranova was an officer of FDNY's Emergency Medical Service. He was one of the first responders on 9/11. They were responsible for treatment areas. He knew this was going to be hard. Soon after they started evacuating, he saw people jumping from buildings. He tried to stop them, but he had to focus on the people he could save. While he was doing this, a second plane hit and he watched the South Tower burst into flames. That is when he realized America was under attack. Just then the South Tower was about to collapse. He and his partner, Gombo, ran and hid behind a van at the dock.

After the tower fell there was a big smoke storm. It was hard to see and to breathe. He thought that was what the other victims felt like. Terranova tried to find a way out, and he finally did. They went through a door in a dock booth. He called his wife to say he was okay. While the North Tower collapsed they were on their way back to Head Quarters and began to see shocking images of the planes that crashed. He was wearing a short-sleeve uniform shirt and a helmet. No jacket or safety boots. He had nothing on to protect him and Terranova survived the collapse of two buildings without a scratch on him.

Terranova went home for a few hours to sleep. Then he returned at 6 a.m. to help search for survivors. When none of the hundreds of the missing firefighters had been rescued, he knew there was not much hope to find them alive. He was very sad, especially when he found out he had lost one of his very good friends.

Over the next 18 months, there were so many funerals and memorials that Terranova attended. He attended as many funerals as he could. It was his way of honoring them. He was awarded with a medal for his braver. It was a shiny gold medal called the World Trade Center Survivor Medal. It had the number 343 on it to honor the 343 FDNY members who were killed on 9/11. The fire fighters mad a big decision to save their lives and others' lives.

What Happened That Day

September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was under attack. Terrorists took control of four planes. Two of these planes crashed into the World Trade Center, or the Twin Towers, in New York. Soon after, they collapsed. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. The people on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from crashing into the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Almost 3,000 people were killed on 9/11. It is a day we will always remember.

Brianna S.

My name is Brianna and I love my brother named Brenden. I love going outside and playing games. My favorite thing to do is to play softball. My second of all favorite thing to do is to go to dance class. I also adore going to friends houses.