CLARENCE SINGLETON • When Duty Called

 
 

Experience the sights and sounds of 9/11 through the eyes of  Clarence Singleton, New York City Firefighter, who was standing at the base of the North Tower when The World Trade Center collapsed.


WHEN DUTY CALLED


The warmth of the morning sun streamed through the window of my 8th floor apartment as the sun rose on the city’s skyline. It was Tuesday, September 11, 2001, and it appeared to a business-as-usual day in New York City.


Four hours later it was a different story and it looked like a different city. Now the beautiful sky was filled with black, billowing plumes of smoke, and I was standing at the base of the North Tower of The World Trade Center with other first responders surrounded by dust and debris. The scene before me was like something out of a movie. With the North Tower of The World Trade Center looming high overhead, I heard a loud pop and a bang. Moments later the same sound happened again as the floors of the North Tower pancaked together and the tower came crashing down. I ran for my life as the momentum of the deafening collapse increased. Then something slammed me to the ground. As I crawled along on my hands and knees during those paralyzing moments, one thought ran through my mind: “I’m going to die...this building is going to collapse on me and I’m going to die...”


“I’m a man with no regrets. I have lived a good life, and if it were possible to live my life over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others, and knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.”


A rescuer at heart, Clarence Singleton has always tried to respond when duty called...former Marine in Vietnam, awarded The Purple Heart, retired Fire Lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department after 22 years of service, honored for his heroic rescue efforts during the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and 9/11 survivor of the North Tower collapse at The World Trade Center.

 

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