Date Submitted: 08/22/2002
Author Info: Stefanie (Melrose, MA - USA) 
Occupation: Other
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

Sept 11 started out like any other day. Getup,get dressed,be to work by 7am, check my ambulance out and save lives for the next 8 hours.Parked on the side of the road, my partner ran into the post office.While waiting for him and changing radio stations I heard that a plane struck the world trade center.I told my partner Artie when he returned, and both he and I figured it was pilot error, until we heard the second plane stuck.We got to the base and and everyone was glued to the tv.My partner and I had to respond to a medical aid and didn’t find out until after we cleared the hospital that Washington D.C. was also attacked.My boyfriend at the time, also an EMT called from school to make sure if everything was ok at work.I remember sitting with other crews in our Everett base when the towers collaspe.I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.We were all stunned.The call volume for emergencies that day was very low after the attacks, compared to other days. Days after, extra trucks were put up in case Boston was attacked, many of us were ready to travel to New York if they need more medical help.It was scary not knowing if the Boston area was going to be attacked and if I was going to have to reponded into a situation like the other Emergency Medical Techs and Paramedics involved with 9/11 did.


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