Saturday, September 11, 2021

My 9/11

Everyone remembers where they were on 9/11. I was working in Jasper, Alberta, overnight, as a security officer with a hotel. In the last hour of work, myself and my partner would always watch CNN before we went home. 

So after work, when I went home, I always turned on CNN to watch while winding down from work. This morning when I turned it on was just after the first plane hit the World Trade Centre. My wife at the time was working for a tourist company at Maligne Lake. She was with a bus load of American tourists heading to the lake. While traveling on the bus, they heard a news bulletin on the radio about something happening in New York City. But as they got closer to Maligne Lake, they lost the radio station. Once at Maligne Lake there was no form of communication. The only way to communicate was by satellite phone. 

So my wife, knowing I would be home from work, called me on the satellite phone to see if I knew what was going on. So I relayed what was happening, as all the Americans gathered around her, looking for the latest news. I was on the phone with her when I watched the second plane hit. 

I stayed and relayed the news to the Americans, until the satellite phone ran out of battery and she had to hang up. 

So that was how I spent the morning of September 11, 2001. Being the main source of information for American tourists.