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article imageOp-Ed: Looking back at 9/11 and those who Jumped from the towers

By KJ Mullins     Sep 11, 2009 in World
Eight years ago two planes slammed into the World Trade Towers. The attack stunned the world. Those trapped inside faced death. Helicopters hovered unable to help. The following videos are graphic and not suitable for younger readers.
A damaged PA system never was able to broadcast to the victims in the World Trade Towers that help was coming. Instead some victims chose to jump to their deaths. They felt that their best option was to escape the smoke and flames.
Help was not coming. There was no way in and only out way out.
Their leap lasted but 10 seconds, not enough time to black out. They died on impact.
Some put the count as high as 200. Others have said that their were less than 100 that decided their own fate instead of waiting to die from the horrors inside the doomed towers.
They hung from the window sills. They held hands as they plunged.
Those with cell phones knew that this was an attack. Those in the towers who were below the planes had a chance. Those above were not going to survive.
Emergency workers bravely helped those who could make it out. Victims recall that they appeared calm.
The population was stuck, eyes open, frozen, watching death in front of. Watching our brothers and sisters die. Knowing that this was real, not a movie, not a drill. We were under attack. The world had changed.
Eight years later we remember those who died. Those who survived. Those whose lives were forever changed in the blink of an eye.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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