To the Editor,
As I headed to work the other morning, a thought crossed my mind. 9/11. What started out as a normal day for myself, and others, would change dramatically.
I thought back about 18 years ago when I was a security guard at a power plant in Beaver County, Pa. We had three shifts at the plant. Whatever happend on your shift, was passed on to your replacement. Normal day. Myself and a supervisor were manning Gate 16, a delivery goods recieving gate. Nothing spectacular happening. Then about 9:00, a delivery truck approached our gate.
“Did you hear whats happening in New York?” said the driver. I replied: “No, I havent.” He then said: “Turn on your radio. One of the twin towers was just hit with a commercial airliner.”
Wait. A commercial jet? No way. That would never happen here. This is America. As we signed our driver to enter the plant, we turned on the radio. Numerous reports were coming in. We listened in shock. Then…a second plane hits the twin towers. We are scared.
More news coning in. Then…a plane crashes in Shanksville, Pa. The Pentagon is attacked with a plane. My boss looks at me and says: “Are we going to die?”
I told her: “If we die, we’ll die together.”
We hugged each other for a short time. By this time, our shift supervisor stopped by our gate and informed us that we were on high alert. Our plant supervisor called in 10 more security guards to be placed in different parts of the plant. What was a normal five to six guards working, expanded to 15 per shift.
We did our job, but in a different perspective. Every vehicle was inspected inside and out. And every person was inspected the same way.
As our reliefs were coming on to our area, everything was explained on what was going on, and what had to be done.
Our plant supervisor had a small debriefing on what was going on, and what was to be expected from every security guard.
As I left my workplace, I was still in shock of what happened…how many innocent people lost their lives. How many people were affected by this catastrophic incident.
Fast forward 18 years, I am at my present job. And to think on what happened on that fateful day, we will never…ever…forget 911.