Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I was at home snuggling in bed with my then 9 month old baby daughter.  Most mornings we would watch Regis & Kelly.  I believe we were waiting for it to come on when the TV interrupted what was going on.  After a bit, before the 2nd plane hit, I had run downstairs and set the VCR to record the rest of the happenings.  It was bad enough seeing that first plane, but when the 2nd plane hit, I can practically hear my gasp and feel my shock all over again.  I was glued to the TV the rest of the day.

9/11 By the Numbers

8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. 
Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. 
Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 

  • Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819

  • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

  • Number of NYPD officers: 23

  • Number of Port Authority police officers: 37

  • Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60

  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402

  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614

  • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658

  • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39

  • Bodies found "intact": 289

  • Body parts found: 19,858

  • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717

  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks:1,609

  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20

  • Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300

  • Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200

  • Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98

  • Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124

  • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99

  • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100

  • Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6

  • Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26

  • Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714

  • Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion

  • Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million

  • Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million

  • Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

  • Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11:$40.2 billion
  • Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1 million
  • Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup:30,000
  • Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million

I got this information from The 9/11 Encyclopedia (at least I think)
When I ran across it last year, it struck me for some reason, maybe because I hadn't thought that in-depth about the #s in a long time, but I thought I would share them in case anybody else was interested.

Where were you that day?

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