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But none of us waited. We saw that open stairwell and went for it. Apparently, there were two Operations guys who came up looking for people. That’s what someone told me later on, but I only saw the one. One went down the stairs from our floor and the other guy went up. I assume they were checking to see if they could open more stairwells. I found out later that the guy who headed downstairs lived. The guy who went upstairs didn’t. 1 We started down the stairs. There was nobody on them, it was eerie.

Go back to where you were. And somehow I managed to get back in place just as the people immediately above me started shouting, “Get to the wall. ” Now that everyone had cleared a path on the stairwell, two, then three guys broke out of the line and started running down. I couldn’t believe it, what cowards these men were. I shouted, “Hey! We didn’t clear this just for you to come down! Stop it! ” Then I saw some men walking backwards down the stairs, carrying something from above. These were not emergency workers, just ordinarylooking businessmen, and they were leading a woman, a burn victim.

I swirled the Gatorade around and spat it out on the floor and that’s when I noticed that the fireman hadn’t really been throwing up blood at all. Like me, he’d spat out red Gatorade. That’s also when I noticed I was covered with a layer of ash one inch thick. I’d gotten wet from the sprinklers in the tower and because of that, everything stuck to me, the dirt, the soot, the ash. Everything. A guy walked up to me saying, “Hey, are you okay? ” He was totally clean. I handed him the bottle of Gatorade.

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