Survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks

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Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
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September 11, 2001
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Please list any known survivors below.

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New York City

According to the 9/11 Commisson, approximately 16,400 to 18,800 civilians were in the World Trade Center complex at the time of the attacks. Among the survivors were:

Only 18 people escaped from within or above the impact zone (floors 78 to 84) of the South Tower after it was hit. They escaped down Stairway "A," the only stairwell that had been left virtually intact. No one was able to escape from above the point of impact in the North Tower after it was hit.

Of the estimated 200 to 300 people trapped in the towers' stalled elevators, 22 managed to escape: 16 people from four elevators in the North Tower and six people from two elevators in the South Tower. Perhaps the most amazing escape was that of six people trapped in an express elevator on the 50th floor of the North Tower. There was no elevator bank on that particular floor. After prying open the inner doors, they cut through three layers of drywall with a squeegee handle, then broke through a wall of tiles into a 50th-floor bathroom. All six escaped the tower five minutes before it collapsed.

Only 20 people were pulled alive from the debris after the towers' collapse:

Twelve firefighters, one police officer and Port Authority secretary Josephine Harris, 59, were in Stairway "B" on the 6th floor of the North Tower when it collapsed. They were pulled alive from an air pocket in the debris. First Union Bank employee Tom Canavan, 42, and an unidentified young man were in the underground shopping mall beneath the South Tower when it collapsed. They were able to climb to the surface. Police officers Sgt. John McLoughlin, 48, and Will Jimeno, 33, were in the underground shopping mall beneath the North Tower when it collapsed. They were pulled out by rescue workers. Pasquale Buzzelli, 32, a structural engineer at the Port Authority, was in Stairway "B" on the 22nd floor of the North Tower when it collapsed. After losing consciousness, he awoke on the surface, on top of a pile of rubble, and was carried away with minor injuries. Genelle Guzman McMillan, 30, a secretary at the Port Authority, was in Stairway "B" on the 13th floor of the North Tower when it collapsed. She survived in an air pocket for 27 hours before she was rescued. She is famous for being the last person pulled alive from the rubble.

Five people, some of whom were firefighters, were reported to have been rescued on 2001-09-13, 50 hours after being trapped under debris in an SUV. However, they had in fact been trapped that day. See

By 2001-09-21, it was reported that 6,291 people had been treated at area hospitals including rescue workers.

As of 2001-09-13 09:00 EDT
4300 casualties treated at area hospitals including rescue workers.

Bellevue Hospital treated about 250 people, admitting 33. Injuries included broken bones and bruises; newer patients coming in with post-traumatic stress. The majority of the patients were emergency workers: 82 firefighters and 38 police officers.

The burn unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital received 17 victims, with burns over 14 to 90 percent of their bodies. Three have been released, five died, two were taken off of critical status, and seven remain in critical status as of 2001-09-16. One victim in critical status is Lauren Manning, 40, Cantor Fitzgerald.

The 92 acre (370,000 m²) complex known as Battery Park City, with 9000 residents in 20 buildings, was evacuated immediately following the attack. Though people were allowed to return two weeks later, occupancy remained as low as 31 percent in some of the buildings. The major landlord, the LeFrak Corporation, did not charge rent during the forced evacuation, and offered a month's respite from rent in the most damaged buildings. Many of the residents were too traumatized by the events to want to remain.


88 people were treated by hospitals.

Army Spc. Michael Petrovich, 32, threw a computer through a window, then jumped out behind it. He suffered second-degree burns.

Army Lt. Col. Marion Ward, 44, jumped from a second floor window. He suffered smoke inhalation and a sprained ankle.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Paul Gonzalez, 46, a budget analyst, escaped through the hole in the wall just before the area collapsed. He was in serious condition with burns and respiratory distress.

As of 2001-09-13, there were 10 people in critical condition, including:

  • Louise Kurtz, 49, was starting her second day of work as an Army accountant. She had burns on about 70 percent of her body.

See also: "War on Terrorism" -- U.S. invasion of Afghanistan -- 2001 anthrax attack -- World Trade Center -- The Pentagon -- New York City -- Washington, D.C. -- AA Flight 11 -- UA Flight 75 -- AA Flight 77 -- UA Flight 93 -- U.S. Department of Defense -- Operation Bojinka -- terrorism -- domestic terrorism -- Osama bin Laden -- Taliban -- Islamism -- Afghanistan -- collective trauma -- September 11

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