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BBC NEWS September 11, one year on
Introduction
Judy Keen
USA Today reporter
Rob Bach
US pilot
Lord Robertson
Nato Secretary General
Michael Farri
Fire captain, Pentagon
Tony Blair
UK Prime Minister
Zohra Tahiri
Teacher, Kabul
Dr Zaki Badawi
British Muslim cleric
Condoleezza Rice
US national security adviser
Lisa Lefler
Worked in World Trade Center
Howard Lutnick
Chief executive, Cantor Fitzgerald
Rick Thornton
Ferry captain, New York
Sarar Hareth Ibrahimi
Baghdad resident
Katie Hochbaum
15-year-old schoolgirl, New York
Faten Elwan
Palestinian, Ramallah
Mikhal El-Yeshiv
Teacher, Jerusalem
Orshum Parks
New mother, New York

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Howard Lutnick
Chief Executive, Cantor Fitzgerald

New York

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My six year-old-son had just begun his first day at kindergarten. I was dropping him off for that first day of school.

Then I heard as I was walking into school that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and I was thinking a small, little plane.

So then I went running downstairs and got in the car and turned on the radio. And then they said another plane had hit the building so I raced down to the building and went to 5 World Trade Center which was where they were evacuating all the people from the building.

I was standing at that door grabbing people and asking them what floor they were on, hoping and praying that I would find some people who were on our floors, which were 101-105 floors in tower one - the one with the large antennae on the top.

Thatís where I was standing when tower two collapsed. I ran from the loudest sounds you could ever hear. What was coming over my shoulders looked like a tornado.

'They were lost'

I was running from the tornado and of course it overtook me maybe 100 metres out and I was thrown to the ground and engulfed in black smoke. I thought I had died.

I think when the smoke cleared and I realised I was going to live, the world went from being perfectly black to being grey and I could see my hands for the first time. I knew that my friends and colleagues and my brother were lost, they were gone, they would have perished.

If I had almost died outside how could they possibly survive inside?

And so when tower two had fallen, I knew in my soul that they were all gone in that moment. I think it helped me that I knew that.

I thought I had lost everybody in the office which was about 1,000 people. As it turns out because it was 8.46am there were 350 people who had not yet made it to work.

We lost each and every person who had made it to work that day who was on those floors, save two people who had come downstairs Ė one to get a customer and one to go to another customerís location.

But other than those two gentlemen, everyone else was lost.

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