Miracles of 9/11: Firefighters
Indre and Randall meet at Ground Zero to discuss their conclusions.
Randall: That day was so devastating and so infuriating and yet I feel on some deep level there were many miracles that day. And that there have been miracles since that day as a result of what happened.
Indre: After 9/11 people came out of the woodwork and helped each other in a way that I don't think we've really seen in America. I really still keep coming back to the idea that what I remember from 9/11 is yes, the pictures of the planes going into the building and the devastation but more than that. There's just so many stories of really altruistic behavior.
Randall: And, you know, those, those guys who gave up their lives were the, were the ones who really brought that forth from people. The decision that the firefighters in Stairway B made to do the right thing and the moral thing and to, to stay with Josephine and to stay together, that saved their lives and yet all over that building other firefighters were making the same decision just as brave and they died. There has to be a way to embrace the miracle of what happened in Stairway B without diminishing the magnitude of what the other people did and what, what happened to them.
Indre: I think that that's something that we're not gonna be able to sort out. It never sat well with me to think that those people did something and therefore they were saved. It doesn't even sit well for me to think they were chosen for some reason. I can't swallow that.
Randall: But the fact of the matter is if they hadn't done what they did they wouldn't have lived. So, I, you know, I, I, I do, I disagree. I think there is a way to understand and to see this, that, that will fully validate the miracle. I know there has to be a way.
Published on January 12, 2011