The Miracle Survivors:
I met Pasquale and his wonderful wife, Louise, about a year ago when she asked me for advice on trying to get Pasquale's story published as a book to support the foundation she started to help the mothers who became widows that day. I knew it was a great story, but it was not just some happy-ending-cue-the-music saga. Surviving brought its own difficulties: guilt for living so near death, anger at the people who did this, disorientation in a world utterly changed. I thought that Pasquale's story was the amplified version of the story of our nation as it has tried to emerge from the debris.
Some of Pasquale's story can be found here.
..the amazing thing is that he survived by landing on top of the debris pile. So what was a peculiar thing in that collapse is that there -- the entire building beat him to the ground.
It's good to take a look at the survivors - the living - in between all the remembering of death.