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1993 WTC Survivors Stories


On February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center was attacked for the first time when, at 12:18 pm, terrorists detonated 1,500 pounds of explosives in an underground parking garage below 1 WTC.

Six people were killed, including a pregnant woman. Thousands were injured. Local agencies and responders from the New York - New Jersey region conducted the largest rescue operation in New York City history at the time. Port Authority staff worked day and night in the ensuing months to rebuild the Twin Towers. The 9/11 Living Memorial remembers the vitims of the 1993 attack. We extend our condolences to the families of those who were killed and our thoughts to all who were affected.

Our Stories section is a growing compilation of the truly heroic actions of so many on 9/11. They are a record of the confusion and courage, the unity and loss, that make up our collective memory of that day.

Robert Hayes | March 18, 2010

Robert Hayes, aka Bob, was working the graveyard shift as a supervisor for a transportation company. After work, Bob would go to Chase Bank near WTC to do his father's banking as his father traveled a lot. The morning of the 1993 WTC bombing, Bob called his father at 8am asking if it would be ok to take care of the banking the following morning as he had a rough night at work. His father said it wouldn't be a problem. So instead of his usual routine of getting to the bank at 9am, running some errands and before leaving the city to go to his home in NJ, eating lunch at a bar near the entrance of the PATH train, Bob went straight home. Otherwise, he would have been right there at the exact time of the bombing.

Bob was thankful of this situation, but didn't really feel affected until the 2001 attacks, when he realized the severity of the intent in 1993.

Bob's family friend was Father Judge. His uncle, Father Chris Keenan, took over for Father Judge August 2002.