Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11

Book - 2008
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Amid all the stories of tragedy and heroism on September 11, there is one tale that has yet to be told--the gripping account of ordinary men and women braving the inferno at the Pentagon to rescue friends and co-workers, save the nation's military headquarters, and defend their country.

Pentagon firefighters Alan Wallace and Mark Skipper had just learned the shocking news that planes had struck the World Trade Center when they saw something equally inconceivable: a twin-engine jetliner flying straight at them. It was American Airlines Flight 77, rushing toward its target. In his Pentagon office, Army major David King was planning a precautionary evacuation when the room suddenly erupted in flames. Arlington firefighters Derek Spector, Brian Roache, and Ron Christman, among the first responders at the scene, were stunned by the sight that met them: a huge flaming hole gouged into the Pentagon's side, a lawn strewn with smoking debris, and thousands of people, some badly injured, stumbling away from what would become one of the most daunting fires in American history.

For more than twenty-four hours, Arlington firefighters and other crews faced some of the most dangerous and unusual circumstances imaginable. The size and structure of the Pentagon itself presented unique challenges, compelling firefighters to devise ingenious tactics and make bold decisions--until they finally extinguished the fire that threatened to cripple America's military infrastructure just when it was needed most.

Granted unprecedented access to the major players in the valiant response efforts, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman take us step-by-step through the harrowing minutes, hours, and days following the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon's western façade. Providing fascinating personal stories of the firefighters and rescuers, a broader view of how the U.S. national security command structure was held intact, and a sixteen-page insert of dramatic photographs, Firefight is a unique testament to the fortitude and resilience of America.
Publisher: New York :, Presidio Press/Ballantine Books,, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780891419051
Branch Call Number: 975.5295044 CR
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Newman, Rick 1965-


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Feb 02, 2014

During the 9/11/2009 weekend, at 2:00 AM Sunday morning, I awoke because I had left my radio on, and stayed awake as I thought I must be dreaming. An NPR station was re-broadcasting a special, financed by Booz Allen, which included snippets of information political action groups had long been saying. Amazing! Called "We were on duty" or something like that, it basically covers the experience of those unfortunate people who survived the attack on the Pentagon, inlcuding one lady who worked offsite and had overslept that morning, and therefore did not immediately see the emergency email - - mailed around 2:00 AM - - directing the DIA's Financial Management staff to a last-minute meeting at the conference room by the Pentagon's west wall - - where Flight 77 would crash dead center into! This was the auditing team which had uncovered the unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in DoD funds - - which had recently been reported in the news. Almost the entire auditing team was wiped out that day. Wonder what became of that $2.3 trillion? Was it transferred out of the country from the computer/communications centers of Cantor Fitzgerald, Deutsche Bank, and Marsh AG (subsidiary of AIG) which were located at the strike points in the Twin Towers where those two other aircraft crashed into?


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