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From "Good Ol' Boy" to One of the Unsung Heroes of 9/11

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world watched as hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Before that day, 23-year-old Nick Branham was just a "good ol' boy" from Kentucky who never spent a dollar to help anyone but himself. All that changed when he saw the buildings fall. Like millions of others, Nick grieved for those who lost their lives, but unlike most people, he felt an overwhelming desire to help.

"I just kept feeling worse and worse. Every answer I got from praying was to go," Nick told Oprah in 2001. "It was the strongest feeling I'd ever had in my life."

The next day, Nick quit his job, emptied his savings and drove 700 miles to New York City. "I got to the Lincoln Tunnel probably about 8 o'clock in the morning on Thursday, [September 13]," Nick said. "I went and walked up to the first policeman I'd seen. I said, 'Sir, I just drove from Kentucky all night. Where do I go to volunteer?'"

With his heart racing, Nick grabbed a shovel and started digging. "I've done a lot of wrong. I've messed up a lot of times, but I'll never be the same person just from what I've seen," he said.

Now, 14 years later, Nick reveals how this experience changed him forever. Watch as he shares how he's made positive changes in his life.

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