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The stories of responders, volunteers and rescue/recovery workers are a continuing source of inspiration. 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. For information on the many support and health monitoring programs available for 9/11 Survivors, please visit VOICES Survivors page.


The Recovery
Submitted by: Michelle D. Cruz-Rosado
The sound of falling rubble resonated from the TV and had abruptly awakened me out of a deep sleep. As I tried to adjust my eyes to view the screen, I suddenly remembered…it was the collapse of one of the Towers of the World Trade Center.
Tribute Tour of Docent Jim Kazalis
Submitted by: Jim Kazalis
My name is Jim Kazalis. Myself and Jane Doe will be taking you on a tour of the WTC site for the next 1 hour and a few plus minutes. We will not be going down and inside the site but instead we will be going up and around making about five stops.
Vonderlear Johnson' Story
Submitted by: Vonderlear Johnson
I returned to work (MS, 2WTC 69th fl.) the last week in August, relaxed and in happy spirits after a two week vacation which included a seven day Caribbean cruise. I spent the week performing the following month end tasks.
Will I Recover?
Submitted by: Michelle D. Cruz-Rosado
Taking the elevator to the 95th Floor of Two World Trade Center is something that had become a mindless, involuntary action for all of us who worked there. Our offices at Fiduciary Trust had consisted of the 90th to 97th Floors, with a few unoccupied floors in between.
William Rodriguez's Story
Submitted by: William Rodriguez
An American Building Maintenance employee for twenty years, responsible for inspection and maintenance at the World Trade Center, who held the master key for the stairs. He was the last person to leave the building on September 11.