from Ground Zero
a glamorous job, but someones got to do it.
for Frank C. Chou 96, it was his job. Because it meant he
knew the way out of the 61st floor of World Trade Center II, the
second building to be hit in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
the airplane hit Building I, there was a little boom not very
loud, because these buildings are so well soundproofed, said
Chou, 29, a vice president for national sales training at the brokerage
house of Morgan Stanley.
I saw paper flying everywhere. And I knew it wasnt a ticker-tape
who began work at Dean Witter (which then merged with Morgan Stanley)
right after his graduation, was relatively new to the World Trade
Center office, which occupied floors 44 through 76 of the now-destroyed
months ago there was a building-wide fire drill. We were supposed
to check that everyone was off the floor, Chou said, and
we realized that one person per floor was not enough when there
are more than 300 people on a floor! So he became one of four
fire marshals for Floor 61.
Airlines 11 hit World Trade Center I on its south side, which couldnt
be seen from its twin tower. So when Chou saw flying scraps of paper,
he contacted building security. She kind of hung up on me,
he said. So thats when we started evacuating, just as
if it was a normal fire drill. The occupants walked down the
emergency stairwells to Floor 55, where theyd been told to
go in the event of a fire.
swept the floor twice. To my knowledge, everyone made it out. I
was one of the last four people who left the floor.
no one was yet sure what had happened to World Trade Center I. According
to Chou, the public address system reassured them that though Building
I had been struck by an airplane, Building II was secure. We
were told to stay where we were, he said.