Where was I at 9:03 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?
I was behind closed doors, participating in an oral board - interviewing hopeful new firefighters. I remember the knock at the door and wondering what would be so important as to interrupt the interview process. It was our HR Assistant Mona, quite shaken she told us that “We are under attack.” I hadn’t a clue as to what she was referring to, but quickly excused myself to find out if she was okay.
I can’t even remember if we continued to finish the interview or if it stopped in the middle. I remember Mona pulling in our department’s audio-visual TV that we used for training as we watched the towers collapse. As a wife of a police officer and as a member of the City of Naples along with our police officers and fire fighters, it all became an anxious blur.
My life, like so many others, changed that day. Nothing was ever taken for granted after that day. It affected my 16-year-old son who went on to serve in the Mid-East as a lieutenant with the Florida National Guard. And at work, the answers to the question “Tell me about your most stressful event” for the police and fire candidates - changed from family or school events to stories of surviving military service in the Mid-East.
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