By Brianna S.
Don't Jump, We're Coming
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.