NEW YORK (CBSMiami) — As the federation marks 20 years since September 11th, those with a transportation to the time are experiencing a flood of memories and emotions astir the panic attacks that took astir 3,000 lives.
Ann Van Hine’s hubby was a New York City firefighter, 1 of the 343 FDNY responders who died successful the onslaught connected the World Trade Center.
“One of the things I miss the astir is conscionable laying successful furniture with my caput connected his shoulder, conscionable talking away,” she said.
For Bruce Van Hine, being a firefighter was a puerility dream.
“Squad 41 mislaid everyone connected work that day. They mislaid each 6 firefighters. They went into gathering 2 and got beauteous precocious up, started to bring civilians down, and past they were killed successful the collapse,” Van Hine said.
“The past clip I saw Bruce was Sunday, September 9th,” Van Hine said. “He said, ‘I’m blessed,’ and I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘because I’m joined to Miss Ann.'”
Now, the grandma of 3 volunteers astatine the 9/11 Tribute Museum, giving much than 500 tours wherever Bruce died a hero. But the 1 time she ne'er visits the tract is the September 11th anniversary.
“I don’t cognize that I tin instrumentality connected the corporate grief of 3,000 people,” she explained.
20 years ago, Joan Mastropaolo lived conscionable a artifact westbound of the towers. She watched the attacks from her bureau window.
“I saw some towers get struck by the planes. I was ne'er capable to marque it backmost home,” she said.
As a unpaid for the 9/11 Tribute Museum, she shares stories of some the horrors and humanity of the day.
“We had implicit 500,000 radical travel present aft 9/11 with lone 1 objective: They wanted to help.”
That enactment from some loved ones and strangers has helped Van Hine transportation connected arsenic she honors her husband’s representation and makes definite we ne'er forget.