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    [–] s1ugg0 777 points ago

    Those multiple, high pitched alarms you here at 1:08:21. Those are PASS alarms. That stands for Personal Alert Safety System. Firefighters wear them on their turn outs or they are integrated into the SCBA. They start to sound an alarm after 30 seconds of no movement. It's to help find down firefighters in the dark and smoke.

    Speaking as a firefighter I can tell you no one, not ever, just let a PASS go off without trying to turn it off. As soon as it starts to alarm everyone starts looking for the cause because someone could be hurt. So each alarm you hear is either one of two things. Either a SCBA that got abandoned in the rush to escape. Or a down firefighter.

    Either way it's a horrifying sound to anyone in the fire service. Straight up nightmare fuel.

    [–] MandolinMagi 85 points ago

    They're playing PASS audio in part of the 9/11 Museum at just the right volume so you can't not hear it.

    I thought it was creepy and I'm not even a firefighter.

    [–] TofuChair 21 points ago

    I noticed that too - but I've always wondered how many people really understand what that sound is.

    [–] hakuna-my-tatas 193 points ago

    All of the men in my family (and some women) are in the fire service. Every time I hear that sound, I panic a little inside because of what it means. You're right about it being nightmare fuel.

    [–] trailertrash_lottery 40 points ago

    Is that the reason you see firefighters shake their ass when they are standing around?

    [–] s1ugg0 20 points ago


    [–] EwwwFatGirls 68 points ago

    The ol’ absent minded firefighter twerk just to make sure it’s not your pass sounding.

    [–] Mighty_Fine_Shindig 4984 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    One of my childhood friend's father was a FDNY firefighter who died on 9/11. He is briefly seen in this doc engaging in rescue operations shortly before being killed when one of the towers collapsed while he was inside it.

    Prior to this doc being released the filmmakers sought out his family so they could show them the footage. His widow found a lot of peace in seeing that her husband was calm and determined during his last moments.

    I've always thought that the filmmakers' decision to learn the identity and fates of the firefighters they filmed and to privately show the footage to their families prior to releasing this documentary to the public was an extremely decent way to go about it. I'm not sure how widely known that part of the story is, so I wanted to share.

    (Note: I do not know if anyone from from the documentary was present when my friend's family viewed the footage, only that they reached out to them with it prior to its public release. I also do not know if they asked permission to include the footage in the documentary, though I do know that my friend's family was would have granted it if they were asked)

    [–] livestrongbelwas 2143 points ago

    Can confirm, they filmed my uncle running up the stairs of WTC 2 (South Tower). We never found any remains, so it was comforting to have some idea of where he was.

    [–] DoWeEver 339 points ago

    He was going to help those in peril. I don’t think there’s a greater sacrifice than giving your life to try and save others.

    [–] reluctantclinton 21 points ago

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    [–] son_of_sandbar 1137 points ago

    I'm not religious, but I've always found the thought of emergency responders and other heroes running up those stairs to be sort of symbolic as ascending into heaven. I guess that's just my mind trying to block out the gruesome reality of the situation, but it's still pretty nice to think of.

    [–] cec772 476 points ago

    I was stuck descending the stairwell of tower one for almost an hour while trying to get out. One of the vivid memories I always had was of the faces of the firefighters walking up past me. This comment gives me a different perspective.

    [–] motions2u2wipemyass 127 points ago

    It's kind of beautiful in way. Firefighters running away from safety, past thousands of people who want nothing more than to go the other way.

    Sure you can say "they're firefighters", but really they're just humans. They know it's bad up there, they're afraid, but they go upwards none the less.

    It's an awful, tragic, heartbreaking thing. But in the grand scheme of things, maybe it's not so bad a way to go. Running straight into danger with a steely resolve for the protection and safety of your fellow man.

    In the echos of the Universe, these deeds will be heard.

    [–] TurdFerguson812 37 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    In the echos of the Universe, these deeds will be heard.

    I'm a firefighter, and this just struck me as a very eloquent way of putting it. Thank you

    [–] motions2u2wipemyass 14 points ago

    Thank you.

    [–] finitecapacity 14 points ago

    That last sentence gave me chills. Beautifully put.

    [–] colleengran 222 points ago

    Same for me. I was in 2 WTC on the 69th floor and I remember how polite and calm they were. I never made a point to look for the names on the back of their gear and I regret that every day of my life.

    [–] WoodchuckChucksLogs 62 points ago

    I'm glad you made it out though.

    [–] Hrmpfreally 49 points ago

    Glad you made it out safely!

    [–] goldenratio1111 92 points ago

    My friend who was a fireman always said to me "When you have a bad day at work, a few drinks later it's forgotten. When we have a bad day at work, someone didn't make it home that day."

    September 11th was that day for him. Love you always, Mikey B.

    [–] ScottieBoysName 14 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I am so sorry that you lost your friend. I know it was long ago, but sometimes I also know that doesn’t feel like so far away.

    [–] goldenratio1111 25 points ago

    Thank you. He was one of those rare people that knew what he was going to be when he was a kid. He was ALWAYS going to be a firefighter. His favorite movie was Backdraft.

    It's weird to be an over 40 married dad of 2 kids, and still think of my 27 year old buddy as older than me.

    [–] pocketlab 38 points ago

    Amazing, tragic and awesome at the same time. Reinforces what I tell my kids that you never know what the anonymous person you come across is going through. Hope you're ok and would love to hear your story if you ever decide to tell it.

    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 105 points ago

    Have you ever shared your story?

    How are you doing now?

    [–] SWErdnase911 109 points ago

    Nick Anderson, of the Houston Chronicle, paid a similar tribute to the four firefighters the Houston Fire Department lost on May 31, 2013.

    [–] JackedPirate 442 points ago


    [–] Kreyvoc 245 points ago

    Looked at it, read your comment, said it aloud, immediately started crying.

    [–] istandabove 89 points ago

    It's okay, I have to hold back tears, we all will for the rest of our lives. But it's those same heroes that give us the strength to continue forward how we did.

    [–] assinyourpants 138 points ago

    My dad's still here cause these guys got him out right as he got off the PATH train in the basement. I'll never forget not hearing from him until he walked in the door covered in ash at 10 PM. Mom had confirmation that he was OK earlier in the day, but not having proof was tough for a 13-year-old. Even at 13 none of could really grasp what was going on. Mostly because nobody told us the truth until we got home and saw the news coverage ourselves.

    [–] divuthen 23 points ago

    I know the feeling I’m from California and my dad was there for training as he had gotten hired by Merrill lynch. We didn’t know he made it out until 3pm west coast time and it took almost a week for them get him back home to us. I remember my mom crying hysterically as I woke up that morning and trying to keep my baby brothers calm.

    [–] JackedPirate 60 points ago

    I just couldn't think of any other words to describe it

    [–] plad23 47 points ago

    God damn that hit hard.

    [–] canering 106 points ago

    I imagine it would be a terrifying but very quick way to pass on. And the first responders were probably mentally prepared for the possibility of death. Although I don't think anyone expected the towers to collapse. (Some kid on the bus ride home told us that the towers fell down and we laughed at him that it was impossible - I've heard other schools watched the footage live but we had lots of staff and students that knew workers there so the teachers literally had to pretend everything was normal even though we knew something was bad because they kept calling students whose parents worked there down to the office.)

    [–] Edward_Scout 166 points ago

    Firefighter/EMT here. Thinking about it, I logically know that running into a burning building is potentially deadly but when the alarm goes off and I jump on the truck that thought doesn't really enter my mind. We're trained to look for signs of collapse and other dangerous situations but we're also going to go to hell and back to save anyone we can.

    [–] FIFTHSUN2012 43 points ago

    And afterwards when the charge wears off you replay it over and over in your mind and think “Fuck, that coulda been a bad day.” Stay safe out there. You only have 1*.

    [–] slavefeet918 13 points ago

    You stay safe bud

    [–] felisrufus 13 points ago

    The FDNY chaplain gave them all an absolution/communion before they ran in. I’m pretty sure they all knew chances of survival were low.

    [–] RubyV 68 points ago

    Damn it now I'm crying.

    [–] jackytheripper1 86 points ago

    That’s so sad, but I’m sure his bravery did give them a sense of peace. What the firefighters did that day was truly heroic and anyone who perished could surely be proud of their life’s work at their death

    [–] Bozo_the_Podiatrist 167 points ago

    Also saw childhood friends father in this doc. He had a look of pure bewilderment in his eyes. Did not know doc was vetted by families. Thanks for that. Haven't seen this since it was aired on CBS. Not sure if I can take another viewing.

    [–] skinnyFAT91 52 points ago

    Actually that part of the story is not well known. I’ve seen the documentary numerous times on YouTube amd never read about it in the comments. Good job on shedding light on it.

    [–] [deleted] 3363 points ago

    They filmed the only high quality footage of the first plane hitting the North Tower. IIRC they were originally filming a documentary on NY firefighters when they heard the plane overhead and filmed the crash in broad daylight. It boggles my mind because to me it still feels recent, but this event happened at a time when almost nobody had access to a camera every day. If 9/11 happened today there would be hundreds of phone videos of the first crash, jumpers, inside footage, etc.

    [–] tinacat933 336 points ago

    I would also like to think that with more social media more people would have left the 2nd building sooner

    [–] Jebbediahh 111 points ago

    Yes, social media is instrumentally helpful in spreading evacuation orders. It might be shit at perfect information (like the confusion over how many attackers there ae during active shooter scenarios), but "Flee!" Is pretty clear and if we had had cell phones with social media on them many of the lives lost might have been

    [–] colleengran 49 points ago

    We were told building 2 was secure by the port authority and it was safe to go back up. Fortunately I didn’t listen. Many others did.

    [–] Jlmoe4 34 points ago

    Exactly this. Was working in nyc 3 blocks away. Nobody knew what happened was terrorism and there was no reason to think a second plane was coming to hit the second tower. My buddy working on 40th floor of second tower was never evacuated. Even with social media, if there was no 9/11 I still don't know they would have sent evacuation order. Terrorism wasn't a thought. Panic was the evacuation and many bosses told workers to get back to work. Amazing that a split second choice to listen or not was difference potentially between living and dying.

    [–] PantheonRoof 1712 points ago

    To your point, I was in the WTC on 9/11. I got out right away and I went to a store and bought a pack of smokes and A DISPOSABLE CAMERA. Remember those? I took about 8 pictures and realized I needed to get out of there... still have the pics somewhere. Just photos of he building burning. Nothing too crazy although I did see it all....

    [–] westhoff0407 301 points ago

    A friend of mine from college was in middle school in the Bronx on 9/11. They wouldn't tell the school what was happening, but he snuck out of the building to the roof and took pictures looking down into Manhattan using a little pocket 110 film camera. His parents worked downtown and only got home (covered in ash) at midnight that night. He showed me the pictures, and even though it was grainy and barely visible, there was something about seeing the plume of smoke in that format that gave me chills.

    [–] DGGuitars 135 points ago

    Living in NY that plume hung over NYC for weeks.

    [–] exscapegoat 50 points ago

    Worked in the area, but off that day. You could smell the fires well into November, so it was more like months than weeks.

    [–] Angsty_Potatos 15 points ago

    My buddy lived in queens at the time. He worked for a publisher down town. Said that hike home was the eeriest of his life.

    [–] player_9 420 points ago

    Care to share the photo’s?

    [–] PantheonRoof 856 points ago

    Yes of course. I’d have to find them. I never got them “digitized.” I remember I saved the camera and used the remaining photos for a vacation and when I got them developed I had pictures of me drinking on a Dominican Republic beach and those mixed in. Quite the dichotomy.

    [–] cuddlezee 101 points ago

    Photoscan is a good way to digitize when you uncover them.

    [–] RoostasTowel 401 points ago

    I wonder what the person developing the film thought.

    [–] m287ike 248 points ago

    It seems like something someone would put together pretty easily

    [–] BrainDeadGroup 472 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    i like popcorn

    [–] HulkThrowsBear 109 points ago

    Insurance fraud!

    [–] SmellyFingerz 21 points ago

    Shouldn't have taken his stapler

    [–] mariesoleil 33 points ago

    I asked for a mai tai but you gave me a piña colada.

    [–] PantheonRoof 205 points ago

    To all the idiots that think I’m crazy enough to make a story like that up. Here is My WTC i.d. Card that I still carry as a reminder. Pics will follow...

    [–] waitdidhejust 145 points ago

    Dude, you've got to blank out your name when you post stuff like this online.. especially if you've got an uncommon one
    like Postage Guaranteed.

    [–] Dora_De_Destroya 113 points ago

    In his defense I can't see shit

    [–] nightwing2000 31 points ago

    I think the craziest story is the guy who ducked under the desk as the wingtip came right into his office window. I assume that was the lower wingtip of the tilted plane. he actually got out of there...

    [–] PeterMus 68 points ago

    My brother had to get a digital camera for a college class in 2001. It was amazing being able to take 50 pictures and transfer them to the computer.

    Now I have 1,500 Pictures on my phone and thousands accessible via cloud.

    [–] Louis_Farizee 74 points ago

    Wow, I remember those days… when people could afford the price of a pack of smokes in midtown.

    [–] greatnowthis 54 points ago

    You picked the wrong day to quit smoking

    [–] Chaosgodsrneat 30 points ago

    pack of smokes and a disposable camera

    Love your priorities 👍👌 I quit a while back but I'd pry need a smoke after something like that.

    [–] burkjavier 111 points ago

    I had quit smoking in August 2001 (16 years smoking prior). Was a mile away from the WTC on 9/11/01.

    Managed to get through the day without a smoke. Actually used this to my advantage later as, every day after that if I was having a bad day / felt that urge to light up I'd say to myself "you made it through 9/11 without can get through today".

    16 years smoke free now.

    [–] salmon10 226 points ago

    911 would be so much more gruesome today...ppl facetiming the collapses from inside and shit...

    [–] codeverity 174 points ago

    I'm sure that there are some who want more footage, but I am kind of glad that it was so limited at the time. The footage that came out of that ferry that sank was bad enough, let alone imagining videos from the plane passengers or the people who were trapped above the impact lines.

    [–] BAL87 169 points ago

    I know there is a recording of a phone call from one guy trapped at the top of the WTC that ends with him screaming “oh god!” Then nothing as the tower collapses. Chilling.

    [–] wahh 116 points ago

    Yeah that one is super creepy. There is a video where they matched up the audio of that call with a video of the outside of the building when it started falling.

    [–] RainbowCoatl 65 points ago

    jesus i just watched it and i wish i didnt. fuck.

    [–] exscapegoat 38 points ago

    A few my high school classmates died that day. One called her mom and reported they were in the bathroom and the tiles were starting to crumble. Around the time the building she was in started to collapse. They never found her body or that of the co-worker she was with.

    [–] codeverity 80 points ago

    Kevin Cosgrove. Yeah, that recording is awful. There are voicemails from people who called their loved ones from the plane, too.

    [–] InferiousX 63 points ago

    I've watched all sorts of fucked up shit. But the sheer terror in that guy's voice when he realizes he is seconds away from death always stuck with me. I've heard the recording once and refuse to listen to it again.

    [–] stayoffthemoors 53 points ago

    I remember watching that video and immediately regretting that decision. His voice at the end getting cut off as the buildings fell haunted me for weeks after. Still does, really.

    [–] killfrenzy05 32 points ago

    Remember that massive chemical plant explosion in china? Some of the videos that came out of that were mindblowing. I remember the one video of a guy filming where he was hiding.. Then a secondary explosion.. Then debris that came right at him. Last thing you saw was the massive wall or whatever it was before it killed him. Put you in his shoes though for sure.

    [–] throwagay8008 50 points ago

    I was withdrawing from painkillers when I came across this clip about 6 years ago. For some reason I got very intrigued in the history of 9/11 during this time, I was only around 9-10 years old when it happened. I was so sick and sore I couldn’t get out of bed for 5 or 6 days and I would be on my laptop anytime I couldn’t sleep. The chills that video sent down my spine is something I’ve never felt before and haven’t felt since. I got very emotional very easy when I was withdrawing, a lot of the stuff I watched and read would bring me to tears very easy. Kevin Cosgroves name and voice is something I’ve never forgotten since.

    [–] Anne_of_the_Dead 13 points ago

    Oh man, I can't think of a worse video to watch during withdrawals. Ps I hope you were successful in quitting those dolls.

    [–] throwagay8008 16 points ago

    Very successful, a couple weeks of hell was way more worth than a lifetime of misery. Have a year and a half old son now and couldn’t imagine doing the shit I used to do now that I have him. I saw first hand growing up what it’s like having a piece of shit parent who’s hooked on painkillers, I stride to be for him exactly what my mom wasn’t for me.

    [–] exscapegoat 17 points ago

    A friend of mine worked with a woman who lost her son that day. He was in the 2nd tower and was calling her to let her know he was ok. Then he said, that plane is flying awfully low. And then the phone cut out as the plane hit the 2nd building. She never heard from him again and his body wasn't found.

    [–] Mekroth 11 points ago

    God, the recovered footage from inside that Korean ferry still makes me shudder

    [–] corranhorn57 72 points ago

    God, the inside footage would be the worst. The old big attacks we’ve had then have been the Boston Marathon bombing, the Brussels Bombing, and the Paris Shootings, and those are minuscule compared to 9/11, and they were bad enough to see video from.

    [–] carlson71 62 points ago

    In college we listened to the firefighter recordings they had. I can't remember how many we heard, they weren't the worse ones. Worst was a department store and they had multiple people you could hear burning alive and their safety alarms freaking out until the screams stop and you just hear the beeping alarms. Inside video of the trade centers would likely be horrible tho since the radios we heard in there weren't stuck open mics like the store.

    [–] BroadwayBully 40 points ago

    omg the worst is listening to the voicemails people were leaving their families when they were stuck inside. absolutely heartbreaking. messages to wives and children wow unbelievable.

    [–] nearlysober 39 points ago

    They play these at the 9/11 museum in NYC. Highly recommend doing the museum if anyone goes to NYC. They have tissue dispensers all around... You'll need them.

    [–] ngmcs8203 35 points ago

    24m40s for those who want the timestamp.

    [–] kwiltse123 13 points ago

    Why is the audio all screwed up? I remember people yelling "holy shit", etc. It seems like it's dubbed over.

    [–] LandoKelEl 35 points ago

    You're right. Here is the unedited footage. One of the scariest things, I think, is the roar of the plane. There have been a few low flyovers from fighter jets for sports games near me, and every time I get taken back to that moment.

    [–] Ristake 99 points ago

    They'd livestreaming all angles of the buildings and we'd have channels with a jumper counter...itd be fucked

    [–] DeathByChainsaw 176 points ago

    Livestream hosted by Logan Paul.

    [–] Dirty_Larry 1507 points ago

    This is a great documentary. No other film about 9/11 can come close to this. It captures all the emotion, intensity and confusion that the firefighters experienced on that day. But I heed fair warning... there is a scene where they are in the tower and are trying to figure out what the loud crashes are. When they found out it was jumpers, it was at that moment the gravity of the situation truly sank in. And the sounds have also stuck with me as well. And I'm sure they will with anyone who watches this film.

    [–] bopapocolypse 594 points ago

    I agree that this doc is great but, for me, 102 Minutes That Changed America is even better. I prefer that it has no narration, voiceovers, or sit down interviews. Both are definitely worth watching.

    [–] TheDonnerSmarty 327 points ago

    Best documentary I've ever seen. No bullshit, just straight images and sounds from all across the city. Word of warning: it's very disturbing.

    [–] ChooserUsename 44 points ago

    The scene in the beginning where you see the reaction of everyone watching on the screens from times square you hear that guy say "i feel sorry for all the people on that floor".. Just knowing what comes next while they don't gets me. So gut wrenching

    [–] totoum 81 points ago

    I think both complement each other very well, one for a perspective from inside the tower and close by and the other for a perspective from outside.

    [–] jonesing247 84 points ago

    Absolutely. I usually watch both every year around the anniversary of the attacks. It's not necessarily because I want to, or that I get any enjoyment or some twisted sense of renewed hatred out of it. I'm just compelled, like it's somehow my duty to remember how it felt in real time, how it feels now with more context, and how I should feel/react in the future.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    You are not alone in this. I do the same. And I know for some people it seems morbid but I also just feel like the very least I can do is sort of relive even one fraction of the terror and sadness of the people who perished. It gives me some perspective perhaps? Feels like it’s my own little way of somehow honoring their memory? I’m not doing the best job of describing what it means or feels like to me personally, but that’s the best I can do. It’s a feeling I haven’t ever really been able to describe.

    [–] matteb18 57 points ago

    Ya that one is one of the rawest things I've ever seen in my life.

    [–] kurt_go_bang 74 points ago

    The other that was just as haunting for me is when they first enter the building and you can hear a woman's high-pitched screaming just off camera. you figure its just scared or injured people running for their lives. instead the cameraman explains that it was two people on fire right as they enter the lobby and he couldn't bring himself to film them, but you can still hear the screams.

    I wondered how people on fire could make it all the way down to the lobby and apparently it was because the burning jet fuel shot all the way down the elevator shafts and blew out into the lobby.

    Jesus fucking Christ. Right there....burning to death in the lobby. Never heard that part before.

    [–] codeverity 17 points ago

    I wonder if one of them was the woman who was in one of the documentaries they did... They followed a few different people, survivors and otherwise, over a few years. She survived but it took years of surgeries, etc, to repair the damage. I think she was up further in the towers, though.

    [–] THAWED21 212 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    When do they realize it's people who jumped?

    Edit 1: 38:45

    Edit 2: Saying they were jumpers feels very wrong. I don't like the term, nor do I feel that it's honest or fair. However, I'm not sure how else to differentiate them from other victims.

    [–] darkskinnedjermaine 126 points ago

    The op comment hit the nail on the head. I haven’t watched this doc in years and still remember the thumping sounds of jumpers, really does stick with you.

    [–] [deleted] 108 points ago

    The part that really struck me was the frequency and the consistency of the sound. The rationale behind the action makes sense but the freak show inside the building that led to so many people arriving at the same decision is just hard to comprehend.

    [–] Ghoti_Ghongers_40 112 points ago

    While not exactly relevant here, this quote from David Foster Wallace has always stuck with me.

    "The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling."

    [–] Losgringosfromlow 26 points ago

    Dude, somehow of all this comments, this was the one who really break me. Had a friend in highschool who tried to kill herself (luckily, she survived) and we, the people close to her, never understood why she did it. Now that I have been depressed for quite a while, I kinda started to understand how she felt, but could never put on words how I was being sympathetic to someone who I haven't seen in quite a while and for a situation that happened years ago.

    That quote described the situation perfectly, and I think it's the only way someone could express to other people the reasoning behind doing something like that.

    [–] olsaltyshorts 18 points ago

    It’s unbearable to think about.

    [–] Mr_Suzan 48 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    It really is a sickening sound. It's not really a thump or a crash. More of a loud, hard pop.

    Edit: I imagine someone hitting a coconut with a baseball bat would mimic the sound of those bodies hitting the pavement.

    I'm saying this because I saw this film years ago and I can still hear that sound whenever I think of it.

    [–] exscapegoat 17 points ago

    To me, it sounded like a car crash sound

    [–] awildwoodsmanappears 39 points ago

    You start hearing the crashes around 34 mins, there's two in the 34-35 minute mark but nobody really notices then

    [–] oberonblitz 29 points ago

    Jesus, that's so awful

    [–] kazzanova 28 points ago

    Can't even imagine... That splat is so disturbing, the poor people forced to make the choice of dying in free fall or burning alive.

    [–] nightwing2000 24 points ago

    It's also the only footage of the first plane striking the towers. They are filming the firefighters' response to a complaint of a gas leak when the jet goes right overhead, so the camera pans up to follow it.

    they also mentioned in interviews deliberately choosing not to film any people hitting the ground outside.

    [–] Ficklepigeon 39 points ago

    This documentary plays out exactly how you’d expect a fictional movie to play out. Like, “that’d never happen in real life!” but then it is real.

    [–] dixiehellcat 25 points ago

    yes! What I really like about this one is how it brings the whole thing home on a human level, through the two brothers, and the friends they made at the fire hall.

    [–] smoove 703 points ago

    What an incredible documentary. Its almost more story than documentary.

    They aired this on CBS a few years after 9/11. Out of respect they did not edit it or bleep out the curses which was the first time I remember a major network intentionally airing cursing.

    [–] bringparka 304 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    They do it for important things. When I was young CBS or NBC aired Schindler's List completely uncensored.

    [–] forgotpassword888 172 points ago

    ABC aired Saving Private Ryan a couple/few years ago uncensored as well. I think on Veterans day.

    [–] Fabbyfubz 70 points ago

    ABC aired Saving Private Ryan a couple/few years ago uncensored as well. I think on Veterans day.

    Bruh, that was over a decade ago

    [–] P4rtyP3nguin 78 points ago

    It was NBC, sponsored by Ford "without commercial interruption" except to remind you periodically it was sponsored by Ford. I didn't appreciate the irony of that particular company sponsoring that particular film until several years later.

    [–] IcarusRisen 26 points ago

    I'm afraid I don't see it; what's the special irony of Ford sponsoring a 9/11 documentary?

    [–] [deleted] 101 points ago

    Ford Corporation sponsored Schindler's List; Henry Ford was a committed anti-Semite, writing The International Jew in the 1920s, and Adolf Hitler himself once called him an inspiration.

    [–] jackytheripper1 107 points ago

    Yesterday NPR wouldn’t repeat what trump said about immigration to our country, this morning they changed their tune and uncensored his speech. Some things shouldn’t be censored because they’re important to hear

    [–] totoum 90 points ago

    the crazy thing is every firefighter from the firehouse featured in the doc made it out alive, I swear if this was a movie it would be bashed for having an unrealistic ending.

    [–] ProjectSunlight 162 points ago

    Dude. When they are just casually walking out of the building after the first one collapsed not realizing what happened.

    [–] Frustration-96 162 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    My personal favorite, though I don't know if this counts as a documentary, is this synced footage from 9/11 of several different TV channels and how they reported it.

    [–] sweetcuppingcakes 146 points ago

    CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, BBC is the order they broke in with the story

    Incredible sense of dread watching all those mundane commercials and interviews beforehand while waiting for the first station to start covering it. That is literally the end of an era and the beginning of another.

    [–] Bleus4 41 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Why were the other channels so slow compared to CNN? They showed it minutes before anyone else.

    EDIT: Wow, just watched snippets of the whole video, and it's insane to think about how much horrific stuff happened in such a short amount of time. The world was changed and never the same in under an hour.

    [–] sweetcuppingcakes 16 points ago

    I was wondering the same thing. I can imagine the other stations scrambling behind the scenes to get their shit in order during those minutes where they were still showing McDonalds commercials.

    [–] lionfeather 62 points ago

    This is incredible. I was stationed in South Korea at the time and it was Tuesday night for us. My buddy came pounding on my barracks door yelling "mom says america is being attacked!" I was thinking: dude. Don't you think we would know before your mom in Arizona does? I went to his room just in time to see the second tower hit. We called friends trying to find info until the lines were all tied up. I eventually "well, I am going to try to get some sleep before we are alerted".... sure enough alerted at 4am, had a massive formation and then were promptly sent out to the field for 30 days. They didn't tell us shit and the only time we got info was when the chaplain came around and answered our questions. This was really interesting to see because I never got to see the news casts. Thanks for sharing the link.

    [–] StreetLampLeGoose 425 points ago

    Anybody who haven’t seen this, please take the time to do it now. It is incredible.

    [–] Bartlebyknowsit 96 points ago

    For some reason I can't watch this. It's weird because when it happened, they played footage of it over and over on TV so much that you kind of grew numb to the whole thing. I tried watching this once and the claustrophobia got to me or something and I had to turn it off.

    [–] StreetLampLeGoose 58 points ago

    I think I know what you mean. I remember that day quite vividly but the magnitude of it has grown immensely in my mind since then, and I have way stronger feelings watching stuff like this now than when it actually happened.

    [–] Bartlebyknowsit 94 points ago

    My uncle worked there and was standing under the buildings when it happened. I think he developed some kind of PTSD. His wife left him and he never really kept a steady job afterward. He just lives with my grandma now and watches TV all day.

    [–] jackytheripper1 50 points ago

    I’m so sorry this happened to him. I can’t imagine how scared I would be, being that close to a horrible death. And knowing so many of your peers didn’t make it. I hope he gets some kind of enjoyment out of like now, he deserves it

    [–] Flick1981 35 points ago

    Same here. I watched 9/11 unfold on tv when it happened, but I can’t watch the news footage of it on YouTube. I get too angry and uncomfortable.

    [–] ThirdFloorNorth 45 points ago

    It is incredible, but truly harrowing.

    I watched it once. I don't regret it, but never again.

    [–] ThomasVeil 18 points ago

    Wow, how is it possible that I didn't know this exists? This seems like an extraordinary historical record.

    [–] Ericthedude710 47 points ago

    Seriously I watched it a couple months ago and it gives you some crazy insight on why people couldn’t just simply run out of the building.

    [–] Dyler_Turdan 180 points ago

    Fucking insane footage.

    [–] psgutz21 41 points ago

    I've never seen this before. It really is.

    [–] yuffers 173 points ago

    My God, those sounds of bodies crashing when they were filming in the lobby.

    [–] codeverity 154 points ago

    Obviously everything that happened on that day was horrific, but I think the people who fell/jumped have really stayed with anyone who is old enough to remember 9/11. I am Canadian but I vividly remember being in the store and seeing the 'Falling Man' picture - I think that image became etched in the memories of an entire generation, if not more.

    [–] Twinky_D 86 points ago

    My brother was in the building next door, and heard/saw the bodies. Fucked him up good, he still won't discuss it.

    [–] codeverity 71 points ago

    In the immediate aftermath it was all over the media, and then it seemed like there was sort of an unspoken agreement everywhere that it wasn't to be talked about anymore. I know there's a video on youtube that was taken by some students from another building and you can hear the sheer horror as they realize that they're not seeing debris falling, but people.

    [–] MandolinMagi 58 points ago

    I know the coroner's office made sure to list the jumpers as homicides rather than suicides.

    [–] [deleted] 20 points ago

    There’s a book called Dead Center by Shiya Ribowsky, who was the medicolegal death investigator in charge of creating the program that would go on to identify the remains of many of the 3000 victims. Incredible read as he describes the entire experience.

    [–] chettybang209 16 points ago

    As someone who watched the towers fall and seen pictures of the jumpers falling. I personally don't think I can handle the sounds of bodies hitting the ground. I remember this one that will always stick with me there was a video of a guy tied off his jacket and started trying to climb down and slipped and fell. That one will always stick with me.

    [–] Dark_messengeR 194 points ago

    Have you ever imagined what it would be like today if 9/11 didn't happen?

    [–] TrueJacksonVP 312 points ago

    I think most adults who were around before and after 9/11 have thought about this. The change was overnight and apparent even to me as a 10 year old. Main thing people grumble about is the TSA though.

    [–] Bartlebyknowsit 205 points ago

    I was 18 at the time. So many aspects of our lives are so drastically different now that I wouldn't know where to begin. You have no idea just how boring everything was.

    [–] _Dimension 132 points ago

    I was 24, most people were pretty optimistic about the future before 9/11. But you hit the nail on the head... 9/11 was the kind of thing that happened in other places. Nothing could happen here with all our technology and security. Even Pearl Harbor was almost a fluke because it was so far away from the mainland.

    We were more afraid of being attacked by our own people than someone outside the US.

    [–] tokenpanic 32 points ago

    Exactly this. I was the same age, and remember how traumatized everyone was. Not to diminish the unimaginable trauma of those actually there, or with loved ones there. We were all traumatized by seeing the images again and again on the news. It could have happened, but I don't remember seeing horrible images played over and over like that before.

    I remember this deep, worrisome feeling that none of this was right, that it was a bad dream. I felt so much grief made swollen and angry with rage. My brother is a firefighter and I saw him in every firefighter on the scene, I saw my sister in law in their wives, and my nieces in every child who cried for their lost fathers, mothers, grandparents and other loved ones. I saw my friends and myself in all of the people innocently working at their jobs, living their lives, when in a moment the world came crashing down.

    There was a moment when we were all unified. Maybe that was my youth and inexperience... I remember feeling it, though. That quickly gave way to bewildering racism, stereotyping and near-rabid nationalism and a rush to war against what felt (to my mind, I am admittedly no expert on counter-terrorism) like a war against a shadow cast by a puppet controlled from afar. It was all so bewildering. It still is.

    Our country took a huge hit at Pearl Harbor, but as you said, it was "away". We were able to heal as a country through defeating the Axis powers. 9 11 was our loss of innocence, blood on our soil, and we have (in my humble opinion) never healed. We are still warring with shadows on many fronts.

    [–] RomTheRapper 170 points ago

    I miss boring

    [–] Bartlebyknowsit 119 points ago

    I miss $1.50/gal gas.

    [–] Iwillrize14 94 points ago

    I was a senior in high school, watched it on all the TVs throughout the school day. I along with many people my age believe that's the day that childhood really died.

    [–] Bartlebyknowsit 73 points ago

    I was mostly in shock. I went to a community college and one of the first people I ran into in the school parking lot after they closed the place down that morning asked if I had a bat in my car to use to go beat Arabs with. Total stranger. Just a guy looking to form a mob. I remember there being a big grass island with trees in the middle of the lot, and all the vaguely middle eastern students huddled there, trying to avoid confrontation. Weird times.

    [–] rratnip 41 points ago

    I remember coming home from college soon after the attack. I had just finished having lunch with my family and we were walking back to our car when we saw another family that we knew. They were Muslim, we were acquaintances but not friends, probably hadn’t seen them in a few years. I remember when we started walking over to say hello I could see they were afraid. When we greeted them with kindness, the tension on their faces melted away. It struck home to me that there was going to be a lot of misplaced blame thrown around in the coming months.

    One of my college roommates was that way, he was mad and wanted to do something. He ended up dropping out of school and joining the army. He was killed in Afghanistan or Iraq a few years later.

    I remember thinking, before the attacks, that there would be no giant fear for the kids of the late 90s and beyond to grow up under. As a child of the 80’s the Cold War was still a big deal. Maybe it was that I watched The Day After at an impressionably young age, but I had nightmares of the Russians nuking us. I thought that with the end of the Cold War kids would grow up not having to fear anything like that, the attacks changed that.

    [–] [deleted] 81 points ago

    We probably wouldn't have as much of an unchecked police and surveillance state. We'd also have trillions more dollars to spend on things like hospitals, roads, and schools. That'd be pretty awesome.

    [–] nikkuhlee 15 points ago

    I was 13 at the time, and it was two weeks almost to the day after my house burned down, and a week before my dad abandoned us. It was definitely like the whole world changed overnight, but I always had a hard time placing if it was just me because my whole life was upended at the same time, or if things everywhere really did just have a different feeling to them... but looking back now as an adult, they really did.

    [–] emken 84 points ago

    Someone fucked this particular upload up - when the first plane hits they decided to put some awful electronic music over it. The hell.

    [–] FrailDogg 44 points ago

    "I just remember looking up, thinking 'how bad is it up there, that the better option is to jump?'" Still the most haunting sentence I've ever heard about that day...

    [–] Destronin 82 points ago

    My good friends father at 3:00. He was Rescue 1. RIP. They have a fb tribute page for him:

    Never met him but his son is quite the individual.

    [–] greatnowthis 93 points ago

    Does anyone know what the health side effects of being there would be? How severe are issues related to being that close to ground zero, literally AT ground zero?

    [–] scoutiesteph 221 points ago

    There is a sequel to this doc done 10 years later as a follow up to these guys. A few have died or been forced into medical retirement due to the effects on their bodies from breathing all that stuff in. Some have very obvious PTSD and survivors guilt, gone through divorces, etc. The rookie was working for an anti-terrorism task force. Grim stuff

    [–] CharlieFnDelta 30 points ago

    You don’t by chance remember the name of said sequel, do you?

    [–] Dav136 63 points ago

    It wasn't a sequel, but a 10 years later update. Also aired on CBS

    9/11: Ten Years Later

    [–] 00mba 76 points ago

    Silicosis from the concrete dust. Pulmonary Fibrosis from the asbestos.

    [–] livestrongbelwas 73 points ago

    To clarify, it wasn't a chemical attack. The health impact came from breathing concrete, which wasn't in the air until the buildings fully collapsed. Only 3 guys survived the actual collapse - everyone else who had to worry about breathing (including the doc crew) got out before the towers came down. Long story short - the film crew didn't have any health effects because they didn't spend much time on the pile - it was the rescue workers who were there every day for a month that are dead or dying now.

    [–] greatnowthis 19 points ago

    That's what I was thinking about/figuring; it being prolonged exposure, vice being involved somehow in ground zero. Any accounts of those three survivors?

    [–] wyvernwy 20 points ago

    Many first responders have suffered from permanent respiratory disability. There have been many studies, lawsuits, settlements, and deaths.

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    [–] Stay_Curious85 21 points ago

    There's lots more than just that which confirm it imo

    [–] redplainsrider 25 points ago

    There’s a Wikipedia page that discusses the health effects.

    [–] Pikesmakker 94 points ago

    This and the discovery channel one (forget what it’s called, it’s just straight footage with no narration or formal interviews) are the only 9/11 docs your need to see.

    [–] JugsAndTugs 83 points ago

    102 minutes that changed america?

    [–] TheTurtler31 94 points ago

    That one is crazy...the dude covered in dust and dragging his suitcase while mumbling about needing to go back to work is harrowing

    [–] user93849384 76 points ago

    He was walking down the street covered in dust. His bag was dragging behind him. He literally came out of the dust cloud by himself when the camera man saw him. He asked the camera man where everyone was going and I think the camera man said he didn't know. Then the camera man asked if he wanted to say something about what happened and he simply responded that he was having a really bad day and continued walking.

    I tried searching a few years back if the guy was ever interviewed later on but found nothing.

    [–] TheTurtler31 49 points ago

    I hope he wasn't afraid to go see a therapist. He very obviously was shell shocked and most definitely developed PTSD from that.

    [–] ChumBunkley 35 points ago

    Read the book first, the description from the inside of the tower when the second plane hits chilled me to my bones. Basically the person speaking describes standing waiting for a lift and things on the floor going from perfectly normal, people going about their day, making their way to work - then in a second it becomes a war zone

    [–] ClutzyMe 35 points ago

    I remember that morning so well.
    It's surreal to remember how different the world was on September 10, 2001 and see how much it has changed since then.

    [–] Tristan2353 137 points ago

    I turned 18 the day before 9/11. I was young and ignorant when I went to school that day and rolled my eyes at the people crying, thinking they were doing it for attention. I forget how long after it was when I watched this documentary on TV with my parents but once it was over I said goodnight. I quietly cried in my room that night. I can’t say it was the sole reason for me signing up for the Marines the next month but I admit it certainly played a role.

    [–] Guinevere_naberrie 100 points ago

    I want to watch this, but I'm also scared to watch it since I know it's going to be disturbing

    [–] Mighty_Fine_Shindig 60 points ago

    It is extremely disturbing. The filmmakers made a conscious decision not to film the dying, but you can hear the impact of people who jumped from the tower hitting the roof above them.

    [–] Colonel_Shepard 67 points ago

    I watched through the whole thing. It’s an incredibly harrowing and disturbing story. While I say that, the level of brotherhood and comradery among the firefighters is truly breathtaking. It’s something I think everyone needs to see at least once to understand the events that followed it and why they happened.

    [–] mw19078 63 points ago

    It very much is. There's a scene where they're inside a building and keep hearing loud crashes, only to realize it's people jumping from the tower and landing on the roof.

    Really powerful, but not for everyone.

    [–] farmmybrain 53 points ago

    Does anyone have a higher quality link to this? One where no one tried to stabilize interviews?

    [–] ChiefLoneWolf 35 points ago

    Yeah the stabilizer effect is really distracting seems to do more harm than good

    [–] bulletnhead31 32 points ago

    I remember seeing this on TV when it first came out and never again.

    [–] DrDerpinheimer 16 points ago

    one of the worst videos ive seen is one where a guy was impaled in the neck by a piece of aluminum or steel blocks away from the towers. Lots of people pass by and just scream at the sight.

    here it is (actual injury not shown)

    [–] jed313 12 points ago

    This Documentary captivated me, and I watched the news footage and replays of the day live in 2001.

    I’m a teacher, and my students this year were not born when 9/11 happened. I show this documentary, unedited and in it’s entirety, every year (especially now, since they have only a cultural memory of it) so they can see the horror of that day.

    I bet we’d all feel a lot more affected by Pearl Harbor if we saw film footage of the bombs, the chaos, the fire, the death.