There 246 victims on the four airplanes, 2,606 in New York City, and 125 at the Pentagon.
343 firefighters died that day.
U.S. Navy/Jim Watson
We lost the World Trade Center. We lost 3,000 people. Black
people, white people, Asian people, Middle Eastern people. People
we didn't even think were at risk.
My girlfriend called me to say that a plane had crashed into the
Trade Center. "That's happened before at the Empire State
Building," I replied. "It'll be fine."
It was another half hour before I turned on a TV and saw it was
a passenger jet, not the crop duster I was expecting. I'm a lawyer,
and I was just about to run out the door to court when my partner
attorney told me a second jet hit the other tower, and in a split
second it became crystal clear that it wasn't an accident.
I was still wrestling with the news as I ran in to court and sat
down on the attorney bench listening to the cops in front of me
talking about the Pentagon. I corrected them saying, "No, it wasn't
the Pentagon; it was the World Trade Center." One of them turned
around and said, "It was the Pentagon and the World Trade
My disbelief was growing by the second– maybe the biggest part
of it being, "Why are we still sitting in here doing traffic
tickets and whatnot like the world is still normal?" As I waited
for my case to be called, I kept running back and forth into the
clerk's office where they had a TV set up, and I saw the first big
I finished my case and raced back to the office to turn on the
TV again, and by the time I got there, the first tower had entirely