OT: Testimony from a WTC Survivor
I hope no one minds me sharing this.... I received this from the wife of our Sunday School Superintendent....
AG-NEWS: Friday, September 14, 2001
** SURVIVING THE 81ST FLOOR OF WORLD TRADE TOWER TWO
Tuesday, September 11, 2001, began like any other day for Bethel
Assembly of God deacon and Sunday school superintendent Stanley
Praimnath of Elmont, Long Island. He got up early, took a shower,
prayed, got ready and headed for work. The drive was uneventful.
The train ride was the same. Yet, this day he would see the hand
of God spare his life.
"For some particular reason, I gave the Lord a little extra of
myself that morning [during prayer]," Stanley said. "I said,
'Lord, cover me and all my loved ones under your precious blood.'
And even though I said that and believed it, I said it over and
over and over."
When Stanley arrived at World Trade Center Tower Two, he took the
elevator up to his office on the 81st floor. "I work for the Fuji
Bank Limited," he said. "I'm an assistant vice president in the
Loans Operations Department. The company is located on the 79th
through 82nd floors."
Stanley greeted Delise, a young lady who had arrived before him.
After talking briefly, he headed over to his desk and picked up
his phone to retrieve his messages.
"As I'm standing there retrieving my messages, I'm looking out at
the next building, One World Trade, and I saw fire falling through
from the roof," Stanley said. "Now, this entire building is
surrounded by glass, and you can stand up and from there you can
see all the buildings, planes and everything flying at the same
As Stanley saw "fire balls" coming down, his first reaction was to
think of his boss who works in that building. He decided to try to
call him to see if he was okay. "I'm dialing his number, and
getting no response. So, I say to Delise, the temp, 'Go, go,
go--let's get out."
Delise and Stanley got on the elevator and went down to the 78th
floor. Some other people were there. The company's president, the
CEO, the human resources director and two other gentlemen joined
the group and headed down to the concourse level of Two World
If they had continued on and exited the building, all of their
lives would have been spared. As it was, that's not the way it
"As soon as we reached the concourse level, the security guard
stopped us and said, 'Where are you going?'
Stanley explained about seeing the fire in Tower One. According to
Stanley, the guard said, "Oh, that was just an accident. Two World
Trade is secured. Go back to your office."
That turned out to be fatal advice--aside from Stanley, Delise was
the only one of that group to survive.
"We were joking, and I told [Human Resources Director] Brian
Thompson, 'This is a good time to think of relocating this
building--it's not safe anymore.' " Stanley headed back to his
office, but before he got there, he told Delise, that with the
events of the day, she should go home and relax.
Thompson went to the 82nd floor, the president and CEO went to the
79th floor and Stanley got out on the 81st floor. When Stanley got
to his office, his phone was ringing! . "It was someone from Chicago
calling to find out if I'm watching the news," he said. He told
the caller everything "was fine."
But everything wasn't fine--far from it. As Stanley was talking,
he looked up and saw American Airlines Flight 11 heading straight
"All I can see is this big gray plane, with red letters on the
wing and on the tail, bearing down on me," said Stanley. "But this
thing is happening in slow motion. The plane appeared to be like
100 yards away, I said 'Lord, yo
Take care & God bless,