As chaos reigned in lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001, six firefighters from Ladder Company 6 of the New York Fire Department were on their way down Stairway B of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The South Tower, struck shortly after the North Tower, had just collapsed. The firefighters were rushing to save their own lives when they stopped to help Josephine Harris, a woman who became tired after walking down the stairway from her office on the 74th floor.
"...right around the 20th floor we saw a woman standing in, in the stairway...she was just standing there. She was crying. We stopped and one of my firemen, Tommy Falco, turned around and looked at me and he says, "hey Cap, what do you wanna do with her?" I looked at her and I says, "well, we can't leave her." Says John Jonas, Battalion Chief FDNY, former Captain of Ladder Co. 6.