September 11th – Then and Now…

(L-R) Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Whitford, Maj. Thomas Sullivan and Sgt. Maj. Vincent Mannion stand in front of the Freedom Tower being constructed on the site of the World Trade Center. All three men were all directly affected by the attack on the World Trade Center. Whitford lost his brother, firefighter Mark Whitford with Engine 23 in the South Tower. Sullivan, a financial planner, was in Tower 2 when the second plane struck. He helped survivors escape from the tower before it collapsed. Mannion assisted in search and rescue efforts in the days following the attacks. All three men are in the Army Reserve and have deployed numerous times since 9/11. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Command Public Affairs)

(L-R) Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Whitford, Maj. Thomas Sullivan and Sgt. Maj. Vincent Mannion stand in front of the Freedom Tower being constructed on the site of the World Trade Center. All three men were all directly affected by the attack on the World Trade Center. Whitford lost his brother, firefighter Mark Whitford with Engine 23 in the South Tower. Sullivan, a financial planner, was in Tower 2 when the second plane struck. He helped survivors escape from the tower before it collapsed. Mannion assisted in search and rescue efforts in the days following the attacks. All three men are in the Army Reserve and have deployed numerous times since 9/11. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Command Public Affairs)

NEW YORK – The dawn broke with a clear blue sky over lower Manhattan on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

On the 95th floor in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, Thomas Sullivan, a financial portfolio planner, was looking forward to sharing the news that he and his wife Deborah were expecting twins.

A short time later, New York plainclothes police detective Vincent Mannion and his partner were coming off a midnight shift uptown when they heard a call of a plane hitting a building downtown. They assumed it was a small private plane … it had happened before.

Christopher Whitford had signed off from his night shift at the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct on Washington Street. He then reported to Fort Wadsworth for his military job as an intelligence analyst. He had just sat down to have a cup of coffee with his first sergeant when his phone rang. It was his father.

For the next 102 minutes, their lives would become intertwined. Not necessarily at the same time at that hallowed place now simply called Ground Zero, but as Army Reserve soldiers when their nation called upon them to serve.

Read the rest of this story, “Then and Now.”

 
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One Response to “September 11th – Then and Now…”

  1. SFC Richards Says:

    Good Luck SSG Erin Miller, I am so proud of you!


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