At 8:46 A.M. on September 11th 2001, flight 11 hit the North Tower in New York City. The plane hit between the 93rd and the 99th floor killing over 1,300 people instantaneously. Unfortunately, there was still a struggle for those under the initial point of impact; on the 88th floor Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz, both just your average Port Authority workers, decided, without even thinking about their own lives, to gather and locate the remaining survivors on their floor. As they started their descent down to safety they heard noises coming from the people on the 89th floor; they again put their lives in jeopardy to help others. Nicole DeMartini, Frank’s wife, was on her way out of the building when her husband called down to her, “I’ll be right behind you.” These two ordinary civilians, not once thinking about themselves, saved the lives of 77 people on the 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, and the 86th floor. Both of them were killed when the tower collapsed and no remains were ever found, but the families of Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz should be very proud of what these brave heroes have done.
In this story, as there is in most stories, there are monsters, not just heroes. The terror organization Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for this attack against our country. Al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden, was killed May last year, so even though there was closure for the victim’s family and friends, in my opinion the monster won this round. On September 11th 2001, the day that will live in infamy, the terrorists won; they killed
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