9/11 note

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9/11 note

The note is just five words and two numbers. Randy Scott scrawled them on a piece of paper on Sept. 11, 2001, while at work in the World Trade Center.

"84th floor

West Office
12 people trapped"

The note that floated from the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center to chaotic streets below and was handed to a guard at the Federal Reserve Bank shortly before the towers collapsed. The FRB preserved it and eventually turned it over to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. News of the note finally reached Scott?s family last year. It was identified through DNA analysis from a bloody fingerprint, but his family says they would have recognized the writing.

Until now, Scott?s family had assumed that he had died immediately on impact. Now, they know differently and are having to deal with new, raw emotions over a decade later. If this note had been written by your loved one, would you want to know about it? Or would you prefer to continue believing that they died quickly?

9/11 note changes victim's family's lives - SFGate

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I would want to know. But I also know that my loved one would never be alone. I love this poem that was written for 9/11


You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on Sept. 11, 2001.

Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go." I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell on the 23rd floor when a women cried out to me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, Comforting and assuring them that their Faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though NOT all knew Me. Some met me for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought me out with their last breath. Some couldn't hear me calling them through the smoke and flames, "Come to Me...this way...take my hand."

Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.

But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day - you may not know why, but I DO.

However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me? September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then at any moment, you know you are "ready to go."

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Remember...I love you.


Written by: Stacey Randall

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I would not want to know. I lost a friend in the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion two years ago. I believe that she was knocked unconcious by the blast and didn't know what hit her. I have to believe that. The alternative, that she burned to death running for her life, is just too horrifying to accept. And if I saw what I thought might be her handwriting on a display at a memorial, I'd probably put on my rose-colored glasses and think, "Wow, that's weird that someone else could have such similar handwriting."

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I wouldn't want to know either. :cryinghard:

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I don't think I would want to know, in some cases ignorance is bliss and believing that a loved one died straight away without pain or fear is more comforting than finding out later they may have (likely) experienced both.

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Can I just say I think that is awesome! I would definitely want to know. Yes, it would open up some new emotions but in the bigger picture it's what really happened.

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I would not want to know.

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I have no idea if I would want to know or not. I can not even imagine what those people went through.

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I don't think I would want to know. Like others, I think I would want to believe it was quick and they didn't know what happened vs. being scared and having a slow path to death.

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I think I would want to know, painful as it would be. I just think I would want the truth. But not everybody would and I don't know who should make that decision. There's no easy answer.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I think I would want to know, painful as it would be. I just think I would want the truth. But not everybody would and I don't know who should make that decision. There's no easy answer.

It sounds like some of the families have requested not to be notified, so I guess the family makes the decision. I am like you and this woman though, I would want to know every detail.

The Scotts are aware that if not for the spot of Randy's blood, they and other families could have one day seen the letter in the museum without knowing its origins. Over the past 11 years, some families have chosen not to be notified by the medical examiner's office when fragments are found.

"I can't do that. I can't do that," Denise repeated. "The last notification of remains I got was in 2008. And I can't do that. I can't leave him there. I cannot leave him there."

Better to know the truth, even when it comes in the form of a message that took a decade to be delivered.

Read more: 9/11 note changes victim's family's lives - SFGate

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I wouldn't want to know, but I wouldn't want them to keep information from me even more.