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A Story to Tell
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:19:54 PM »
 Everybody has a story to tell.

 Along our journey we meet people and make friends. We all don't get to be president or walk on the moon. But in some cases there are events that stand out among our society. Such is the case of a woman from Brooklyn, who now lives in Connecticut. Her true story is how she survived TWO very serious events of national interest.

 On February 26, 1993 a terrorist bomb exploded in one of the World Trade Center Towers. It would draw a huge response from the FDNY, NYPD, and EMS with six civilians killed and over 1,000 reported injuries. I'm sure we have members on this site who were a part of that response. That very powerful bomb blew out a 100 ft diameter hole through four sublevels of concrete into the first floor.

 This woman was working as a cocktail waitress very close to where that large gap was. By some miracle she survived and was not injured. In the cold of winter, she had to walk blocks wearing that cocktail waitress outfit, trying to make her way home to Brooklyn. She was unable to contact any member of her family but she was alive and not hurt. She wonders today how she made it.

 Once again on May 6, 1998 she survived while others died around her. She had moved to Connecticut and was working at the Connecticut Lottery Headquarters in Newington. A disgruntled employee was mad over a salary dispute and his failure to win a promotion. In general he did not have a very favorable approval rate by other employees as well. Few people would even say hello to him but this same woman who had survived that World Trade Center explosion would always smile and say hello to him.

  On that date, May 6, 1998, just five years later, this disgruntled employee was about to take out his revenge. Armed with an automatic weapon he shot and killed four employees in that lottery building. He did that within just a few feet from this woman who had always said hello to him. At one point, one of those bosses was still alive after being shot and right in front of her, he shot him again. When the violence was over, he had shot and killed four victims. He then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

  That same cocktail waitress who had survived that World Trade Center explosion had once again survived through another national tragedy without any injuries. She feels she was spared both times. Only a few feet from the shooter as this was taking place. She attributes her second survival purely to that fact that she was just polite to this individual in saying hello when nobody else would talk to him.

 In both cases, she was only at work doing her job. She never expected these things to happen. My guess is that today she appreciates her family along with the simple things she has. The word "hello" may have saved her life. 

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A Story to Tell
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:19:54 PM »