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BBC NEWS September 11, one year on
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
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New mother, New York

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Michael Farri
Fire captain

Alexandria, Virginia

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On September 11 I was on the B shift which was coming on duty that morning. We were doing our normal routine. We had the engine out on the ramp, getting ready to do our errands.

At that point in time one of the firefighters received a phone call from her husband who said one of the towers had been hit by an aeroplane.

My reaction was: Oh yeah, youre crazy.

So we went back into the TV room and we watched the news flash. At that time it was like something out of a movie. We saw the second plane hit the other tower. It was unbelievable.

I said to my crew: Its going to be a long day.

'Slow motion'

Right about that time, there was an announcement over our communications system that all engines, all units, were to stay in quarters - keep your stations secure.

About that time the news came on again saying that the Pentagon was hit. At that time your mindset was: Well, were going to be going over there.

We just basically hung around the station, waiting for our assignments, running our normal fire calls if and when they came in.

You could actually see black particles falling down from the sky. Were probably a good five to 10 miles away from the Pentagon

Around 2300 they rotated my crew over to the Pentagon. When we first got to the scene it was like slow motion. It was like one of these sci-fi movies, like War of the Worlds.

It looked like something in a movie. Id never seen anything that large torn up like that - such mass destruction.

Ive seen a lot of house fires and things of that nature, but nothing on this scale.

Visualise someone taking a bowling ball on fire and throwing it down the lane. And everything it hits and touches it burns, it crumbles. Its horrific.

And you could actually see where the impact of the plane was.

It was terrible. Ive never seen anything like it.


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