Strangers who escaped World Trade Center together on 9/11 mark friendshipPat
As we approach the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, there is yet another story of triumph and enduring friendship that emerged from that dark day.
On the morning of 9/11, Jonathan Judd was on his way to work in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
The elevator stopped on the 83rd floor, the doors opened, and he saw an explosion.
“I saw that all of the elevators across the elevator bank had exploded,” said Judd.
He ran into an office, where he found Fred Eichler.
“I’m one of only eight or nine people that actually watched the plane come in to hit the building,” said Eichler. “I saw it behind the Empire State Building and I watched it fly right into the building.”
The two of them huddled together until firefighters found them, and Eichler helped a shell-shocked Judd down the stairs, step by step.
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