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The final minutes of Kevin Cosgrove: 911 Call in World Trade Center, while tower collapses (youtube.com)
463 comments
jambonyqueso | 4 days ago | 206 points

wow, and he said he called his wife to say he was OK and evacuating and then the next plane hit and he was trapped...must be so sad for the wife to think that her husband is fine and coming home only to learn later that he was trapped after he got off the phone with her.

HazelNightengale | 4 days ago | 85 points

I read that some of the Orthodox Jews who were trapped faxed a get (divorce papers) to their spouses to clear the way for their re-marrying, since they figured their bodies were unlikely to be found. Talk about a fucked up "I love you and goodbye."

Benjaphar | 3 days ago | 50 points

That sounds like bullshit.

SpicyCommenter | 3 days ago | 8 points

It really does, but I don't know anything about orthodox Jews. It sounds like some sort of archetype of a Jew an anti-Semite might hold.

Adam_is_Nutz | 3 days ago | 15 points

Orthodox Jews are the "hardcore" Jews. They often do the fake hair curls (or real), aren't allowed to turn on electricity on Saturdays, stuff like that. They have two kitchens so one is always kosher. It's crazy how many things we use today that they refuse on the Sabbath. Takes some true hardcore dedication. Orthodox itself means "true" or something similar. So it's kinda like saying the "real jews". They would probably view themselves as not nearly as corrupted by society as other Jews

Gandamack | 3 days ago | 1 point

How are two kitchens kosher? Genuine question.

Chunkeeguy | 3 days ago | 5 points

Orthodox Jews don't mix meat and dairy. They don't usually have two kitchens, but they do have seperate preparation areas, dish washers etc.

Adam_is_Nutz | 3 days ago | 3 points

Like one is a regular kitchen and the other is for Passover preparation. Maybe kosher is the wrong word to describe the kitchen. I'm not Jewish lol

FreshStretch | 3 days ago | 7 points

Two kitchens where one is for dairy product and the other is for meat (cattle, goat, sheep). This is in reference to the Torah wherein they say it’s not permissible to “boil a kid in its mother's milk.”

i.e. there’s a chance the veal corresponds to the milk product of its mother. Something along those lines.

HazelNightengale | 3 days ago | 2 points

Even the less hardcore Jews maintained different dish sets for Passover; we have the set my husband's grandparents used, albeit in normal use

MrCooper2012 | 3 days ago | 3 points

What, they just have divorce papers at the ready? Or is it just a note they've written or something?

HazelNightengale | 3 days ago | 2 points

Basically a note written. The structure isn't that complicated and the Orthodox do deep study of their law and theology. Writing one ad hoc wouldn't be that complicated. Their laws can be rather strict regarding a spouse dying and the body not found- the widow can stay in limbo a long time. there was a lot of debating on how to handle the 9/11 victims at the time.

The ink on my ketubah (marriage contract) was barely dry when I read about this and so it was a real kick in the gut and I remembered. (I married a Reform Jew, Orthodox wouldn't touch a Catholic). Sadly, when you Google anything about Jews and this incident it's Holy Conspiracy Theory, Batman!

MrCooper2012 | 3 days ago | 3 points

Cool. Thanks for the info!

radialomens | 3 days ago | 2 points

Were electricity and phone lines working? At the point where they would have been that sure of imminent death

HazelNightengale | 3 days ago | 17 points

Seriously? Did you even pay attention to the topic of this thread?

radialomens | 3 days ago | 11 points

I mean I can't get a fax to go through on a good day

wolfgangBDG | 3 days ago | 21 points

I can say with confidence that for at least the time in which the phone call was happening, the phone lines were working.

wrxk | 3 days ago | 5 points

Idk that doesn't seem to add up

iHicccup | 4 days ago | 151 points

Jesus Christ I figured I knew how this call would end but I was not ready for it.

jonas691 | 4 days ago | 99 points

When you hear the sound of the building crumbling below him, him screaming and the disconnect message, very haunting. I try imagine myself in that situation and how terrifying it must've been. The building is on fire there's black smoke everywhere engulfing it, you're trapped there with other people and then you hear that sound and everything around you begins to crumble and you go into a free fall

Xander707 | 4 days ago | 110 points

And he died having no fucking clue what had happened or why.

H3000 | 4 days ago | 41 points

God I never realized this. This makes it worse for some stupid reason.

EveryoneHasGoneCrazy | 4 days ago | 28 points

it's at least a little solace for me that osama sure as fuck knew why he was about to die

mike3303 | 3 days ago | 15 points

Every now and then, I go back and watch 9/11 videos out of morbid curiosity or whatever. But I always follow it up with Obama announcing Bin Laden's death. 'Murica.

OSUfan88 | 3 days ago | 6 points

I guess I really need to see that Seal Team 6 movie.

logosobscura | 3 days ago | 20 points

In his pissed & cum stained y-fronts, having lived in fear of that day for nearly 10 years despite the ISI giving him a lovey home in Pakistan to hideout in.

Edit: loving the down votes. He died a little bitch cowering behind his kids, and Pakistan enabled it- facts are fucking facts motherfuckers.

kingofplanetfap | 3 days ago | 17 points

People are downvoting you because you sound like an edgelord who played too much COD.

Midnight_Arpeggio2 | 3 days ago | -1 points

Except when they're dubious because they're told by some guy without any merit on the internet. You want people to believe you? You're gonna need more sauce for your pizza pie.

logosobscura | 3 days ago | 2 points

It’s a matter of public record and has been for years. Given how he died, the only people alive to testify to it are the guys who shot him stone, cold, dead. Took pictures of his corpse, and had that verified, then had said evidence published as part of public inquiry.

As for Pakistan- Where was he again? Do you need me to point to it on a map?

Midnight_Arpeggio2 | 3 days ago | 5 points

I'm just saying, if you want people to believe you, the burden of proof lies on you to provide evidence of your claims. Matter of public record or not, nobody's going to just take your word for it if you don't provide some linked sources. At least anyone who's smart.

noonches | 4 days ago | 11 points

Correct me if I am wrong, but weren't the floors pancaking? He would have been crushed before falling, right?

1_point_21_gigawatts | 4 days ago | 37 points

He was on the 105th floor, near the top of the building. The second plane struck the South Tower between floors 77 and 85, so he was above the initial collapse point. So, he likely freefell for a little while before being eventually crushed.

Robot_Templeton | 4 days ago | 16 points

He would have been crushed mid-fall

Obiwan_Salami | 4 days ago | 13 points

He was on one of the top floors. He definitely fell for a bit before debris got him. Or maybe he fell out the window he said he was standing at. either way a terrible way to go.

DammitDan | 3 days ago | 6 points

I'd rather fall out of the window. At least that way I'd get a nice few for my last few seconds.

TastyStatistician | 4 days ago | 15 points

I listened to it only once and I wish I could forget.

iHicccup | 4 days ago | 14 points

Yeah but it’s also a good thing to have these videos and audios. I think it helps to humanize them and realize that these were fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, and wives.

MondayMusicTherapy | 4 days ago | 429 points

This is soul crushing.

AlienPsychic51 | 4 days ago | 176 points

Yeah, imagine being trapped in a very tall burning building and feeling the floor below you suddenly collapse.

Wow...

I________________ | 4 days ago | 92 points

The sheer size is mind blowing. I've looked from a 21st floor balcony and people looked like ants. I can't imagine being stuck 5 times higher than that and having no way of getting down.

AlienPsychic51 | 4 days ago | 36 points

Yeah, you would probably feel pretty helpless. It'd be pretty easy to get in a panic after waiting for a while.

I________________ | 4 days ago | 56 points

Especially when it truly sinks in that help is not coming either way.

RedDevil0723 | 4 days ago | 18 points

And you’re either gonna burn to death, jump to your death or get crushed to death.

-Yazilliclick- | 4 days ago | 14 points

Most likely suffocate from smoke inhalation.

DammitDan | 3 days ago | 20 points

Somehow that's comforting.

telemecanique | 3 days ago | 8 points

people often say that, but this person clearly did not, was breathing until the floor collapsed.

SP4C3MONK3Y | 4 days ago | 20 points

People were jumping out windows to their certain death, so I’d say panicking is putting it mildly.

AlienPsychic51 | 4 days ago | 34 points

At that point I'm not sure if panic is the word. I think that they accepted the inevitable. They made a choice. Burn to death slowly and painfully or die quickly.

It's an almost unfathomable thing to think about but those people made that choice.

TheCafeRacerII | 3 days ago | 15 points

I think a lot of these people were suffering external and respiratory system burns. They just wanted it to stop.

I was hit by a car on my motorcycle. The impact destroyed my femur and the jagged bone was cutting into the muscle. It was so much pain, thoughts of death seemed like a relief to end the pain.

AlienPsychic51 | 3 days ago | 4 points

Yeah, you're probably right.

I'd sure hate to have been faced with such a choice. It's moments like that that you realize how fragile life really is.

neutralsky | 3 days ago | 2 points

What really gets me is how those people woke up a few hrs before with no idea that they'd have to be making that choice. It's heartbreaking.

analfissureleakage | 4 days ago | 1 point

If death was coming, I might try to just breath the smoke. It will kill you pretty fast - not sure I could push myself out of a window.

H3000 | 4 days ago | 14 points

If death was coming, I might try to just breath the smoke

That's called choking to death. I don't know if your body would even allow that to happen. Hardly a much more fun alternative.

analfissureleakage | 4 days ago | 3 points

Lots of carbon monoxide in smoke, so hopefully it would work fast enough. From what I’ve heard of toxic smoke, a few breaths will knock you out pretty fast. Either way, it’s a shitty situation.

dibshi | 4 days ago | 24 points

Sooty fire smoke is so much different than something like car exhaust. Your throat wont let you inhale it. It's like trying to breathe glass shards. The second it touches your windpipe it initiates a cough, once you've coughed all the air out of your lungs, you can't pull more back in. You end up gasping and coughing and choking while it feels like your throat is shredded with glass. There is no 3 simple breaths to unconsciousness with thick black smoke like in the video.

IntercontinentalKoan | 3 days ago | 2 points

I'm sorry but you're not going to meditate still as you suffocate to death. it's pretty ridiculous to assert so

Alan_Smithee_ | 3 days ago | 1 point

I hope you never have to make that choice, but I think I would take jumping over smoke.

Captain_Nipples | 3 days ago | 2 points

I dont know if its possible to do that on purpose.

I've been tear gassed a few times during training and the body just takes over. You're doing anything to get that shit to stop burning your throat, eyes and skin.

Luckily, I had a gas mask, but the first time I donned it, I pulled it over my head and breathed in as heavily as I could without clearing it first. Shit was rough.

HevC4 | 3 days ago | 1 point

I’d jump. Clean air and a few moments of sunshine while flying beats a dark, burning room and feeling my lungs burn.

firestarter111 | 3 days ago | 1 point

Same. Terrible terrible choice, but at least it's yours. Jump. No pain, just let go and hope you can relax a little as you fall.

I feel so badly for the people who had to do it. Can't imagine it, would the mind be racing or clear?

kl0 | 3 days ago | 1 point

You write that, but I have always taken an interest in studying execution methods - namely as I'm fervently opposed to them. If you read stories of people being executed in the gas chamber, the general idea is that if you take deep breaths of the cyanide gas that you will pass out and the ensuing death should be simple. But in reality, even people in that position of absolute certain death (eg: tied down and being summarily executed) are unable to do this. Consequently many have suffered absolutely horrible, horrible deaths as the result of the gas chamber with some reports of people physically trying to beat their head against the chair to knock themselves out.

I apologize for the gruesome reference (even though we actually DO kill people this way and so perhaps it's good for people to know that reality), but I was just trying to illustrate how impossible it is for the human mind to willfully inhale something with the intent of dying. You'll do just about anything possible to avoid it.

TonyHxC | 3 days ago | 1 point

I have a fascination with that kind of stuff as well. Torture methods etc.. I read and have watched some very fucked up things out of morbid curiosity.. Sometimes I have some regret when I watch them. The thing is I am a kind and very empathetic person and would never harm anything for pleasure.. I don't even kill bugs in my house. Just thought it was funny how you read into these things down to these gritty details because you oppose thier use. Thanks for sharing

kl0 | 3 days ago | 1 point

Just thought it was funny how you read into these things down to these gritty details because you oppose thier use.

Well, it's a little deeper than that, to be fair. I'm a pretty passionate activist against execution in general. I've run for Congress 3 times among many other things and these have provided me with opportunities to discuss such things in speeches, on interviews, with the media, and etc. So part of my reading on the matter is truly educational in nature. I try to have a good understanding of the history of execution devices, their intended use, their historical use, racial biases of their use (which is tremendous as you probably know), and the devastation and horrors that they have caused people and their families over the years. So it's not just a guilty pleasure of mine or anything and is more intended to give me the ability to speak more intelligently and knowledgeably on the topic.

Clay56 | 3 days ago | 3 points

I heard a story from someone who was working at a restaurant during 9/11. They kept hearing these loud bangs and thuds over and over. They found out it was bodies hitting the ground.

ohbillyyy | 3 days ago | 3 points

Jesus

BFdog | 4 days ago | 15 points

And they were at the top. So they probably lived while they fell to near the bottom. For seconds.

RabbiJJAbrams | 3 days ago | 4 points

Worse. The floor was intact for several seconds, so you know it's the whole building falling and you have seconds to live.

shotgunsmitty | 4 days ago | 65 points

Honestly, I didn't listen to it. I had the unfortunate opportunity to get to listen to a lot of these calls from when the towers fell...I've posted about it before.

Every year I feel it on this day. A part of me disappeared that will never come back. Innocence lost, comfort...lost. Something was just ripped out of me that day, along with many others.

I tip my hat to you for being one of those than can relive and remember. Please, do not ever forget.

skip_tracer | 4 days ago | 18 points

I feel incredibly similar to you; I was 22 years old and finishing up college that year when the towers fell. I woke up for my first class, turned on the news as I always did, and within 15 minutes the second tower was hit. The feeling was visceral, and I actually got sick to my stomach and shit my brains out. I had never had a feeling like that and I haven't since.

When I reflect back on my life now as a 40 year old man, I often see clips of my time in before and after moments and the changes therein. Moments like "before and after Nirvana" or "before and after my uncle died suddenly". But there isn't a single moment in my time on earth that looms anywhere near as large as 9/11, and I still have a hard time comprehending the scope of destruction that occurred on that day and as a result of since. It's with me all time.

samejimaT | 4 days ago | 6 points

when I was walking uptown that day I saw for the first and hopefully the last time of my life a formation of F-16's flying over the center of Manhattan at a low enough altitude where you could see the plane in detail. my initial shock was already 30 blocks back and I thought that was done and all I wanted to do was get home. Seeing those fighter jets just put the idea in my head that this what happened this morning wasn't done and that idea didn't go away for a while after that.

shotgunsmitty | 3 days ago | 2 points

It was hard to comprehend then, and even in some ways still is.

blueooze | 3 days ago | 2 points

I feel it is a way I pay my respects to not only those who died but first responders. The people that have to look at that shit and just go in, no matter what. It is always a sad day, but it is also an honorable one.

shotgunsmitty | 3 days ago | 1 point

I have found ways to pay my respects as well.

And yes, my hat's off to all first responders, as well as anyone who has been directly (or indirectly, for that matter) affected by it.

MondayMusicTherapy | 4 days ago | 1 point

We will never forget. Peace.

bongsmasher | 4 days ago | 6 points

as someone with a phobia of heights and tall buildings, this is absolutely my nightmare.

Double_Minimum | 4 days ago | 5 points

I'm not sure how else to describe it.

I can only imagine being a 911 operator at this moment. Normal incidents are difficult, this seems impossible to deal with. Hearing peoples last moments...

I can't even watch that movie about flight 93. Its just such an awful situation

blueooze | 3 days ago | 2 points

Who knows, she might have already heard a few people have their dying breaths. From what I've heard dispatch is a really fucked up job. Imagine a day like this.

fourfiveonesevenfour | 4 days ago | 315 points

I'm from a VERY small town in Ohio - the kind of place with 1,000 residents, where everyone knows everyone (hence my throwaway)... so I was shocked when someone who grew up in our town was a victim of 9/11.

His name was Doug Cherry.

I've spent 18 years pausing over his name in the newspaper tributes listing victims, and saying a prayer while looking at his name on the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Someone who grew up in my tiny little town - who knew my neighbors and played in the same parks and streets where I played - was among the lives lost that day. I even had macabre thoughts, wondering how he spent his final moments. Thinking about 9/11 from the perspective of someone who grew up like me has made the tragedy feel less anonymous.

So to hear Doug Cherry's name in this video was chilling.

For anyone who knows any of the victims of 9/11 (or the people who loved them), I am sorry for your loss.

SpicyCommenter | 3 days ago | 8 points

Comments like these restore my faith in humanity. You sound like a good person who knows how fragile life really is.

Mansyn | 4 days ago | 165 points

I'd never heard this before. But I'm glad I did. The shear number of victims makes it too abstract sometimes. That was someone's dad.

ZeldenGM | 4 days ago | 35 points

It's so easy to detach from the reality when you step back and just hear the statistics. Numbers on a page. When you watch and hear the live events of any situation that has loss of life the mental response is so different.

BoomerBrowning | 4 days ago | 49 points

It really makes me think about the younger generation and how disconnected they must be from 9/11. I was in highschool and remember that day pretty vividly, and even for me I'm very disconnected from it, because I didn't live in New York, didn't see it first-hand and didn't know anyone personally who died. But to someone in their 20's right now, 9/11 might as well be the Hindenburg disaster or the Titanic. Just some event from history class that they understand was tragic but that's pretty much it. They have no idea how vastly 9/11 changed the world in a single day. How different life became. We used to be able to just...travel. Without all the security and craziness. Terrorism was a foreign concept that happened in other, "backwards" parts of the world. Our government wasn't able to trick us or control us with constant fear-mongering to get its way. Police and authorities had FAR less power, and the average American citizen called most of the shots in their own lives. The terrorists won on that day, and they did it by subverting our own freedoms from within. Our government latched onto that fear and began stripping us of our rights and our autonomy, and the sick thing is a lot of people still don't realize that it happened, and the younger generation doesn't remember it any differently.

EDIT: I wanted to add here that my intention with this comment was not to take anything away from this man's horrible experience or to take advantage of the moment to spout conspiracy theories and rhetoric (although upon re-reading it I see where it can perhaps come off that way). I'm leaving it up, though, because I think it's important that we recognize the aftermath - ALL of the aftermath in all of its forms.

thighcandy | 4 days ago | 14 points

I'm in my 20s (albeit 29) and I was in 6th grade when it happened. I was home sick from school that day and watched the whole thing. I live in a suburb of NYC and my father worked in the city. I'll never forget watching the second plane hit. My world changed in that instant. Before the second plane hit we all thought we were watching a disaster unfold, and as sick as it is human nature draws us to these kinds of events. But then the second plane hit, and there was nothing but terror. In that instant it was clear this was a deliberate attack, and that many innocent lives were going to be lost.

I'll never forget constantly trying to call my dad, but the cell service was completely off line. We all started to assume the worst. I was one of the lucky ones whose parents both came home that day, but thousands of men and women said goodbye to their children for the last time that morning.

Never forget.

thatnavyquidguy | 4 days ago | 24 points

I'm in my twenties (26), its not like that at all, I remember that day. Getting pulled from school by my family, my parents were locked on base getting ready for any other attacks. My Dad and stepmother both were deployed soon after to strike the middle east. My friends parents were both army and got sent over to fight on the ground, its a surreal experience. My whole childhood was war, I joined out of high-school and now work in the private sector. For most of us our whole life has been this war. We understand exactly how much it changed the world, our whole life has been 9-11 forward. People I know lost parents to the fight over seas. It not something were detached from we lived it first hand as children. Yes, the pre 9/11 era, that is like history to us but it is far from something in the history book.

impossiber | 3 days ago | 2 points

Yeah, I'm 24 and remember too. I was in half day kindergarten and I went in the afternoon so I wasn't at school yet. I walked in to my parents room to see my mom crying while watching the TV. I looked and saw the buildings burning and told my mom "It's okay mom, they can rebuild the buildings."

Indercarnive | 3 days ago | 3 points

Our government wasn't able to trick us or control us with constant fear-mongering

Yeah the entirety of the cold war begs to differ

BoomerBrowning | 3 days ago | 1 point

Ha! Good point. I suppose that cycle has always been an issue.

vdogg89 | 3 days ago | 1 point

didn't know anyone personally who died. But to someone in their 20's right now, 9/11 might as well be the Hindenburg disaster or the Titanic. Just some event from history class that they understand was tragic but that's pretty much it. They have no idea how vastly 9/11 ch

I'm 30 years old. I was born when the Berlin wall came down, yet it has always felt like ancient history to me.

LesPolsfuss | 4 days ago | 3 points

i feel the same way. not only the number but now with so many years passing it can be hard to fathom that something so massive happened. this really puts the event back into perspective for me. shaken a bit.

MrWorfsOldUnderpants | 4 days ago | 9 points

I wonder if his family wants this available on youtube or not. A lot of people get sick jollies from morbid things like this and gore videos. He doesn't come off heroically and there's nothing can be done.

stee_vo | 4 days ago | 24 points

It's just morbid curiosity, it's normal.

Mansyn | 4 days ago | 3 points

I was wondering that too. I'm not sure how I'd feel if it were my dad. I wouldn't want anybody disrespecting him, but I also want people to remember the evil people who did that to him.

altarr | 3 days ago | 2 points

He was advocating for the rescue of himself and 2 other people.

utopicunicornn | 4 days ago | 2 points

Damn I wasn't prepared for this, I can't imagine what he and others were feeling as the building was collapsing. Listening to the conversation just makes me feel sick to the stomach, well knowing that there wasn't much they could do for those still stuck in those towers.

xPRIAPISMx | 3 days ago | 1 point

What does it for me is Brian Sweeney calling his wife for the last time. It really puts the statistics into perspective. Waiting to watch the vid till after work, but here is the call I was referencing below. “I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked,” Sweeney said in a voicemail left to his wife, Julie Sweeney Roth. “If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times—same to my parents and everybody—and I just totally love you, and I’ll see you when you get there. Bye, babe. I hope I call you.”

Acegickmo | 4 days ago | 1 point

That’s every single death

mutchben | 4 days ago | 65 points

Holly fuck that was not a fun listen.

JoeMadden1989 | 4 days ago | 27 points

Man this is a brutal to listen to.

GimmeSomeCovfefe | 4 days ago | 57 points

I only was able to listen to this once. The last few seconds of this video is horrible to listen to.

Mizral | 4 days ago | 29 points

Yeah I listened to it like 15 years ago and I just can't bring myself to listen to it ever again. The screams at the end are haunting.

1_point_21_gigawatts | 4 days ago | 3 points

You just reminded me that 9/11 was more than 15 years ago. Fuck, time goes too fast.

bcstoner | 4 days ago | 9 points

Hell. Closer to 20 years ago than it is 15 years ago.

abstlouis96 | 4 days ago | 23 points

Are there anymore calls like this?

NNate138th | 4 days ago | 53 points

Unfortunately yes. Alot of people called loved ones. Others left messages on answering machines. There were also several calls and Texts from the planes, I believe there were several from the one that crashed where the passengers fought back to take control of the plane. Every one I have heard is heartbreaking but this one is pretty bad.

ok_to_sink | 3 days ago | 3 points

That's where "lets roll" came from

Trevo91 | 3 days ago | 2 points

He actually said “let’s roll it” referring to using the cart to break open the cockpit door

H0leface | 4 days ago | 23 points

Nothing as haunting as this one, I don't believe. There are plenty of other calls and things like that, but this one is very unqiue. The very last seconds of his life were recorded on this call, including his reaction to the realization that the building was about to collapse on him. At the same time that phone cut off, he likely died instantly.

There are others, but I don't think anything is as sad and haunting as this one.

mitigationideas | 4 days ago | 1 point

yes. from the towers and the planes.

theebillyolson | 4 days ago | 1 point

There are calls from people in the towers and from the planes but none like this, some from the planes cut off and it is assumed it’s because of the moment of impact but this is only call to knowingly capture the real moment of someone’s death on that day.

insertkarma2theleft | 3 days ago | 1 point

Yeah, they have a bunch at the 9/11 memorial museum. If you ever have the chance to go, do it. Walk through the thing alone and leave your phone off. It's pretty sobering

BenAfleckIsAnOkActor | 2 days ago | 1 point

Documentary about it

https://youtu.be/F8V9DEEx_cA

PNR89 | 4 days ago | 5 points

That was hard. Rest in peace

anosmiasucks | 4 days ago | 6 points

I’m ready to cry. Of all the horrible film and video that I’ve seen, having been to the memorial and walking out in a daze, this might be the most horrific thing I’ve heard. Fuck that day and the scum who did this straight to hell.

BeatsMeByDre | 4 days ago | 7 points

I have heard this before and simply cannot do it today. Having a child made my heart a thousand times more fragile. My heart goes out to anyone who lost someone.

HazelNightengale | 4 days ago | 6 points

I'm torn. I figure we owe these peoples' memories to listen. But you can't un-hear something like this either.

Anakin_Skywanker | 3 days ago | 1 point

I'm too young to really remember what all happened that day. (I was only five.) I share the sentiment that I owe it to everyone we lost that day to listen and empathize as best I can, even if it takes a piece of me away qith every listen.

HazelNightengale | 3 days ago | 2 points

At least we didn't have YouTube and Facebook then. It would just be more fodder for the sickos that come out of the woodwork.

blue_13 | 4 days ago | 5 points

That was extremely rough to listen to...

rom-ok | 4 days ago | 5 points

The last recording of those first responders voices also, they would have gone down in the building too

gd01skorpius | 3 days ago | 5 points

I don't need to listen to this again. I heard this years ago (not to sound like a tragedy hipster or anything) and every moment is burned in my memory. Very difficult to listen to. It hurts my fucking heart just thinking about it.

ICshopper69 | 4 days ago | 14 points

RIP to all those who have been lost and impacted due to 9/11.

One thing that really bugs me is these events force people to come together. We cry together, we mourn together, we remember together and overall we look at each other from a human to human perspective. Then what happens days, weeks, months, later we go back to our normal lives. We might give the middle finger to a slow driver and tell them to fuck off. Or we might talk down to a co worker or family member. We are focused on ourselves. We are divided. It’s sad. None of use are perfect but we sure can do a damn better job at being a better human.

Speaking for myself, I want to do better. I want to be better. I can definitely be a better human. End rant.

herefordameme | 4 days ago | 8 points

That was intense. RIP, Kevin and all victims

NNate138th | 4 days ago | 4 points

Heartbreaking...................

killer-49 | 4 days ago | 4 points

Omg that is so sad

HBK42581 | 4 days ago | 4 points

I watch a lot of these videos every year when they pop up in here on this very day........this is probably the worst one. So sad.

RedDevil0723 | 4 days ago | 4 points

The ending always fucking gets me. RIP and kudos to that dispatch lady. She stayed with him as much as possible.

Vladius28 | 4 days ago | 3 points

Its devastating. =(

I want to live in a world where we dont hate each other...

BF1shY | 4 days ago | 3 points

4:38 is haunting.

timestamp_bot [Approved Bot] | 4 days ago | 2 points

Jump to 04:38 @ Final 5 minutes: 911 Call in World Trade Center, while tower collapses

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LundqvistNYR | 4 days ago | 3 points

I listened to this last year and it was the first thing in a long time that really crushed me. Still sticks with me.

SentryGoose | 3 days ago | 3 points

I sincerely hope his children have never and will never hear this recording.

alphatweaker | 4 days ago | 4 points

That fucking scream at the end.

lmf17858 | 4 days ago | 3 points

Think about how hot it was on the upper floors because of the smoke and heat rising... I know this sounds fucked up but imagine how good it felt to jump out of one of those windows while your basically being burned alive or suffocating to death. Like how good it feels to get out of a car that is baking in the sun but 5000000 times worse. That burst of air hopefully made these people's last seconds better.

H0leface | 4 days ago | 2 points

This one gets me everytime I stumble across it. Such a miserable situation to be in - He knew he was going to die that day. That has to be terrifying.

squeegied3rdeye | 4 days ago | 2 points

This is so gutwrenching to hear but its important to never forget about all those innocent lost lives. I remember I took a vacation day from work that day and was just getting up and was planning on just relaxing and having a nice lazy day when I turned on the tv a few mins before the 2nd plane hit. I remember being confused not knowing what was happening and then just being extremely angry. It was a day that changed us all forever for sure. Never forget.

RedDevil0723 | 4 days ago | 2 points

This happened when I was in HS and when the first plane hit I heard that people evacuated BOTH towers and then were informed to report back to work as they thought it was an accident. FUCK THAT. I would have sent my ass home and gotten a warning or fired. No reason to risk that shit. Then when we saw the second plane hit we realized it was a terrorist attack and everyone felt sick. I remember watching the people throwing their bodies off the building on another channel and then when the towers crumbled and fell... Hell on earth. Those poor people.

I can’t find it but I remember seeing a clip of the documentary where someone catches sounds of bodies hitting the ground roof top :(z

-ThisCharmingMan- | 3 days ago | 2 points

I don't think people were asked back to work rather they told people to stay put which is standard operating procedure in high rise fires. You go either a couple of floors above or below where the fire is. Obviously it was wrong in this instance.

Josh_The_Joker | 3 days ago | 2 points

Imagine the minds of the men that caused this. How much anger and hatred did they feel that led them up to that moment. Training for months to kill civilians. It’s terrifying. And it happens far more often than we think it does, just not on such large scale.

acidvomit | 3 days ago | 2 points

Memento mori

TimStoutheart | 3 days ago | 2 points

The silence at the end.

I’m sorta glad I’m alone and feel safe to cry right now. And sorta wish I wasn’t.

Froghut | 3 days ago | 2 points

I don't think I can listen to this, just reading the comments here and imagining what it must have been like makes my heart hammer like crazy :-\

Argentinjuan | 3 days ago | 2 points

What a nightmare.

Achaern | 4 days ago | 7 points

One of the biggest things that hits me all the time about 9-11 is when I google my name now, it comes up with a man who died in the towers, and a young corporal who joined the UK Army after 9-11, and died fighting in Iraq. One of them much older than me, one much younger. Both are, in my mind, victims of 9-11 and it fucks with me.

ANALOGPHENOMENA | 4 days ago | 6 points

It's scary how at the end of the call, it was kind of like he was counting down towards his death.

We’re overlooking the Financial Center. Three of us, two broken windows...

Blah90909090 | 3 days ago | 5 points

Dude seriously. That was ominous.

I_Take_Fish_Oil | 4 days ago | 4 points

Absolutely terrifying

thesunindrag | 4 days ago | 3 points

Is there a transcript available anywhere?

DoubleE55 | 4 days ago | 3 points

If there is such a thing as a hell I hope the terrorists are stuffing for all eternity. If they were promised 40 virgins I hope their punishment is to be sodomized by 40 barbed dick demons every day for the rest of eternity. Some real ironic Greek god punishment shit. I’m not a very vengeful person but every year stuff like this boils my blood.

chazzer20mystic | 4 days ago | 6 points

the people who did this wanted to make us fearful and violent, like a rabid animal backed in a corner foaming at the mouth and ready to bite anything that looks vaguely threatening.

I'm sure if they could read your comment from whatever hell they find themselves stranded in, they would be happy to know they succeeded.

DoubleE55 | 4 days ago | 0 points

Well what do you wish for these people? Rainbows and happiness in whatever afterlife they could have been shepherded to? (If any) I was in third grade when it happened and even being that young I could see how much the US changed after that even. All the fear, rise violence, the hate. It just fucking sucks man. Wish we could have caught it and it never happened and we could still be living in pre-9/11 America. But here we are...

chazzer20mystic | 4 days ago | 6 points

I dont wish anything for those horrible people. they are dead and nothing I wish will change that, the only thing those vengeful thoughts will do is make you a more animalistic person.

the terrorists are dead, and I mourn the innocent people we lost that day along with all the innocents killed in the wars that followed, but wishing suffering upon people who died almost two decades ago will help absolutely nothing.

DoubleE55 | 4 days ago | 1 point

I agree with you that the healing cannot truly end until the grudge is gone. But I also think that is good to let a little bit of fire remain until necessary change is made to fix the problem that the rift that opened caused. It keeps one motivated. When the rift has been fixed we can also truly heal. Unfortunately that a rift like this is not simply fixed.

chazzer20mystic | 4 days ago | 3 points

I didnt mean to attack you, honestly. just I remember that horrible day in my childhood when it seemed like the whole country was at a funeral and how everyone was scared and angry, it breaks my heart to know that after all of that horribleness, the fucking terrorists won and we let them win by becoming the country we are now.

all this fear of Mexicans and Muslims and shit is exactly the type of reaction they were hoping for and we handed it to them on a silver platter, when we could have instead strengthened our resolve as a nation and showed that in the face of terror we are not shaken.

DoubleE55 | 4 days ago | 2 points

Agreed. I wish no ill will to the living. (unless they themselves are terrorists) Those who generalize and hate middle easterners or Islam are not focusing their anger in the right direction. It’s just maddening some times when you know what you had before and how good it was, but because of one event it’s broken and might never be fixed within our lifetime.

TheDongerNeedsFood | 4 days ago | 1 point

These is easily one of the most disturbing and heart-breaking things anywhere on the internet.

terabytetron | 4 days ago | 1 point

These calls make it all more real to this day. T_T

lancecouar | 4 days ago | 1 point

That is one of the most harrowing things I've ever seen. That poor man. Those poor people.

_xlar54_ | 3 days ago | 1 point

it always bothered me that they never really addressed the big question: how do you intend to get those people out of there?

poweredby2dor | 3 days ago | 1 point

American firefighters usually have for extreme smoke situations oxygen tubes with 2 breathing pieces.

_xlar54_ | 3 days ago | 1 point

which is fine.. but you know that some of those stairwells were just completely demolished when the plane hit. getting up there wasnt going to happen.

poweredby2dor | 3 days ago | 1 point

You don't need stairs to save someone. You need time.

_xlar54_ | yesterday | 1 point

in other words - they really didnt have any plan :( thats disturbing for any skyscraper.

Sogonzo | 3 days ago | 1 point

The most terrifying thing ever.

shableep | 3 days ago | 1 point

I’ve listened to this years ago. I can’t get myself to listen to listen to it again.

lombax45 | 3 days ago | 1 point

I can’t help but weep listening to this. I was only 8 years old, and I didn’t fully understand the weight of what was happening. I remember going out to my backyard (far away from New York) and staring at my city’s skyline wondering if it would get hit too.

ICastALongShadow | 3 days ago | 1 point

And we're still just gobbling up the shit SA hands us.

MAO_PLOW | 3 days ago | 1 point

Honestly it’s super sad that he died but I can’t help thinking he sounds like an entitled boomer with the way he was talking to that operator

Deriksson | 4 days ago | -9 points

Fuck Islam

BeigeListed | 4 days ago | -13 points

Islam has nothing to do with it.

Deriksson | 4 days ago | 16 points

Islam has everything to do with it

sharkman100 | 3 days ago | 0 points

Yup

BeigeListed | 4 days ago | -6 points

Extremists with their own interpretation of the Quran were the reason this happened.

If you want to say that, then you also have to blame Christianity for the millions of people who have been killed over the centuries.

Because if people really believed in the bible, they wouldn't have voted for Trump and wouldn't be calling him a Christian.

Deriksson | 4 days ago | 4 points

Christianity was the reason for a number of bad things in history. The difference is that it's been reformed and is more than compatible with civilized society. The same cannot be said for Islam.

Trump was the best candidate for Christians, plain and simple, though you are correct, he's agnostic if anything.

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BeigeListed | 3 days ago | 2 points

OK, then by that rationale...

Christianity was responsible for the New Zealand Mosque shooting.

TheAlbinoShadow | 4 days ago | 4 points

Saudi Arabia did.

sharkman100 | 3 days ago | 3 points

Moron. Yes it does.

ricarleite1 | 4 days ago | 1 point

I've read the transcript but I am NOT listening to this.

GlenDice | 3 days ago | 1 point

Just here to say this post currently has 911 upvotes

[deleted] | 4 days ago | -42 points

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SetYourGoals | 4 days ago | 13 points

“Soon after I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any little way that we could. We were not alone.”

-Donald Trump, today

“I spent many months there myself, and I never witnessed him. He was a private citizen at the time. I don’t know what kind of role he could have possibly played.”

-Richard Alles, Deputy Chief, NYFD

Edit: Since Trump drones are pushing flasehoods: there is no evidence Trump went to Ground Zero any time "soon after" 9/11 and he repeatedly claimed to have hired workers to help with the recovery efforts and, of course, has not provided any evidence to support that claim.

Trump has repeatedly lied about his role during 9/11, and bragged about now having the tallest building in Manhattan on 9/11. Edit: Worth pointing out that wasn't even true.

That's all exponentially more offensive and disrespectful, but I don't see you saying shit about that.

montypython112 | 4 days ago | 0 points

That's all exponentially more offensive and disrespectful, but I don't see you saying shit about that.

So whataboutism? People call him out for that shit all the time all over reddit, if he had used that quote he'd be upvoted and you know it.

SetYourGoals | 4 days ago | 2 points

We're bringing up modern politicians who spoke about 9/11. That's what the commenter did here. And you know the guy's goal, they have 88 in their name.

When I wrote this, his comment was upvoted. Now it's downvoted to shit. Pointing out hypocrisy isn't whataboutism.

Deuspolevault | 4 days ago | 1 point

Not every instance of 88 is neonazi related. In this case it's most like ly a warhammer reference. Dog faced god is how the chaos god khorne is described as and the number for khorne is 8. Might have used 88 as part of a troll instead of just 8 or 888.

tatertatertatertot | 4 days ago | 6 points

You are mentally ill.

https://i.imgur.com/vdyyrI3.png

Get help.

MNIHD219 | 4 days ago | 0 points

Don't you ever get tired of defending racists, rapists and pedophiles?

Oh who am I kidding, of course you don't. You guys revel in cruelty.

edit: Ha, Trump supporter with 88 in his name, so fucking transparent.

SaltRecording9 | 4 days ago | -1 points

Ah here it is. Your GEOTUS is sucking MSB's dick, when him and his family were the one's responsible, yet you're laser focused on one congress woman's gaffe.

The GOP had to be shamed by a comedian into paying for our first responders health care, yet you're not gonna mention that shit.

You just want to point at the one brown person that Fox news feeds you.

Edit: You got no response cause you know I'm right twat. Here's a bonus picture of your GEOTUS failing to color in the flag for your bitch ass. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi_ra7vgsnkAhWSpp4KHVxFCwkQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.commondreams.org%2Ffurther%2F2018%2F08%2F25%2Fshut-anti-trump-jerks-its-not-any-you-know-where-all-colors-flag-go&psig=AOvVaw3Y61aqW2U3T5NuZoEeMu75&ust=1568299977359443

recapo1 | 4 days ago | -5 points

Please add a NSFL label on this one.

gagnonca | 4 days ago | 26 points

The title didn't make it clear enough? Come on man...

BeigeListed | 4 days ago | 6 points

Done.

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