it's been 13 years since that tragic day 13 years ago when life was changed forever. i had gone into work the previous night at 11pm. i was working as a security officer at some hotel a few miles from the las Vegas strip. the night had started out routinely, i had complete a few patrol rounds, tracked down an extra pillow or two. it was going to typical Tuesday night. Then around 1:30 the trouble began we were going to have an in coming group of distress passengers, the original number was ten. they were connecting with a flight to Chicago, but Chicago had started diverting flights because of weather. so the shuttle driver took off for the airport and about ten minutes or so later he came across the two way radio
how many people are supposed to be here?
ten, maybe 11 replied the night manager.
I immediately had a feeling something was wrong
the shuttle driver came back i have close to fifty people down here.
the night manager told the driver to stand by
a few minutes i heard the manager tell the driver load as many as he could and i would bring a second shuttle so off i went. I firgure each of us would have to make two trips. i arrived a few minutes later and a rough count but the number of passengers at over a hundred.
we are going to need the third shuttle. come again came the night manager.
again i said we are going to need the third shuttle
how many people are there?
rough estimate i replied about one hundred, maybe 125
okay i am bringing the third shuttle came the reply from the night manager.
so until about 4:45 that morning all three shuttles ran, i stopped once for fuel and coffee. the shuttle driver had left at 3am he had put in 13 hours and had decided that was enough. so the bar tender and the night manager had driven the other shuttle. we brought in over 200 passengers. not only was there the original issue out of Chicago. a freak wind storm in Arizona shut down the Phoenix airport and a stalled airline on some runway in saint Paul had caused more headaches. around 5am i swung through the airport, not seeing anyone i went back to the hotel. right as i pulled in there where people waiting to go back. so the next hour and half that is what i did. after my seventh trip i had stopped for coffee at some gas station. i headed back to the hotel expecting more people waiting to taken back. only there wasn't. thinking the storm had passed i went inside the hotel to make a final round. the bar area,hotel lobby, breakfast area was packed. everyone was staring at the television, no one was speaking a few people appeared to be upset about something. some morning news show anchor was speaking, plane, tower, fire, tower hit plane, plane malfunction, crash land....
then there was an image of the first tower, oh a plane had malfunctioned crashing into the tower then the second plane struck. people screamed,a few started to cry,there where choice words.
i made the statement that wasn't an accident
several people stopped and looked at me
i repeated what i said with that airline was intentionally flown into that building. several people snicker, what did some rent a cop know? then the story about the Pentagon broke, some explosion or such.
i refilled my cup and headed for the airport, no one was flying any where. i brought back those i had dropped off, those at least who hadn't caught flights. early in the morning there had been only a few police officers and airport employees. By the time i got back there were dozens and dozens of police officers. i drove till a little after 9 am. the day shift had two drivers plus others who could drive.
when i got home about an hour or so later i walked in the front door to find the wife staring at the television, one of the towers came down. we sat and watched the news till around 2pm, i doze off. when i woke later the wife told the second tower came down, the explosion at the Pentagon was a third airline and a fourth hijack airliner had crashed and all flights were cancelled.
may we never forget that day