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‘I Was At The Top Of That Rollercoaster About To Go Over,’ 9/11 Survivor Recalls Attack 20 Years Later

An employee on the 85th floor of the World Trade Center and a New York writer share the collected stories of people who survived the collapse of the towers.


Thick smoke billows into the sky from the area behind the Statue of Liberty, lower left, where the World Trade Center towers stood, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. The towers collapsed after terrorists crashed two planes into them.


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Houstonian Billy Forney was working in New York on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center. He was one of the lucky ones, he made it out of the building while helping others along the way.

2,753 lives were taken directly from the attack and more in the following years, from exposure to toxic materials from the debris of the building. The attack remains the deadliest terrorist attack in American history.

Today, as we look to tomorrow's 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we reflect on what happened that day.

Billy Forney and New York writer Damon DiMarco join us to discuss the collected stories of people who survived the collapse of the towers, came to help, or witnessed it, interviewed in the weeks following the attacks.

We also clarify information from yesterday's topic regarding COVID booster shots and third doses shots that are intended for the immunocompromised.


Dr. Phillip Keiser

Billy Forney

  • Survivor of the September 11th, 2001 attack on the 85th floor of Tower 1 World Trade Center
  • CEO of newly-opened Palace Social

Damon DiMarco

Below is raw footage on the streets surrounding the WTC as the buildings collapsed. Warning: footage may be disturbing.

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