SAN DIEGO – San Diegans gathered throughout the county to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks from 12 years earlier.
On the deck of USS Midway Museum, folks shared stories and honored the memory of those who lost their lives. The remembrance put on by the New York City retired Firefighters Association, San Diego including a reading of the all the names of those who died.
For those who were there when the towers came down, the memories still so fresh.
“I ran from two towers that fell,” said Minns. “As I ran, I watched the most brave humans in the world run the other direction to save everyone.”
“If I speak at all, it’s not because my story is more horrific,” said Minns. “It’s because I honor those who went back in those buildings to save everyone else.”
“I ran out of the firehouse toward the north tower,” said retired FDNY Lt. Joe Torrillo. “I heard a noise looked up and the second jet came right over my head.”
Torrillo, who was on his way to a press conference to introduce a new firefighter action hero figure when the World Trade Center was hit, became one of the first responders.
“I got caught in the collapse in south tower. I got buried alive with massive injuries – brain injuries fractured skull, internal bleeding,” he said. “They dug me out 20 minutes later.”
Torrillo travels the country sharing his story with the living 9-11 “World Memorial.” It is now on display at the park next to Hilton Bayfront Hotel.
World Memorial has items from all three locations that were attacked on September 11, 2001, including a recording from police dispatch.
“I got is another possible aircraft with a bomb on board in Pennsylvania,” the recording of the dispatcher said.
It’s mission is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice – keeping their memory alive.