‘My 9/11 fears as we watched victims fall’

6/9/2011'9/11 front Gazette front page.
6/9/2011'9/11 front Gazette front page.

THIS week’s high profile media blitz marking the 10th anniversary of the Twin Towers terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 has brought back memories of panic, pain and finally joyous relief for a native New Yorker now living in Aldbury.

Annie Chambers, who has lived in the village for more than a decade, feared the worst as she tried to contact her heavily pregnant sister, who was working in the Twin Towers when they were hit by terrorists 10 years ago.

Rita Difalco was 7½ months pregnant with her first child and working on the 16th floor of the World Trade Centre when the building was hit by a hijacked jet, and later crumpled to the ground.

Annie spent hours frantically trying to contact her after the September 11 attacks which shocked the world, and claimed more than 3,000 lives.

Although she spoke to her mother briefly before phone lines went down, she desperately wanted to find out what had happened to her sister and her brother Peter McKeon, now 55, who worked at City Hall – about half a mile from the stricken World Trade Centre complex.

Annie said this week: “I wanted to get hold of them to make sure everyone was safe.

“But I could not hear anything because all of the lines were down.

“It was a horrible thing to have to just wait and watch it on TV.”

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