Surviving 9/11: Texoma man remembers attack on 9/11 - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Surviving 9/11: Texoma man remembers attack on 9/11

One dark September day 15 years ago, the world stopped in shock when 2 planes hit the World Trade Center in New York.

“The next thing we heard was a bang,” said Paul Ferrante, who was employed at the Pentagon when the third plane hit.

“The next thing is my boss he got up from behind his desk, went to the door to our office, opened up the door, and all we saw was just smoke bellowing down the corridor.”

Ferrante was 300 feet away from where the plane struck, and says that moment still seems unreal.

“I think it hit me when we saw the actual F-16 flying over the building,” Ferrante said.

He recalls watching the towers in New York as something you see on TV, not something that could really happen.

He remembers his trip home as quiet.

“Normally trains are noisy,” Ferrante said.  “People are talking and whatever and you know doing stuff, but this time it was different.  People were just quiet.”

He said the quietness stayed with him for days.

“Right over the farm was one of the air corridors to the international airport.  But that night it was quiet.  You didn’t hear planes.”

15 years later, he still remembers it like yesterday.

And he remembers the people he saw.

“I know a lot of the people that actually went to into the flames to drag people out of there,” Ferrante said.  “In a lot of ways, they are the real heroes.”

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-08-20 17:18:18 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:22 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:22:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...

    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

  • Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:27:02 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:14 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:14:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...(AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

  • US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:47:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:08 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:08:50 GMT
    The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

Powered by Frankly