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Tony Rose: Fighting to Live and Save Others

Tony was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when the building was hit by a jet. He was injured but helped save many people that day. Read Transcript


AFTER SECOND PLANE HIT, YOU JUST

KNEW IT WAS NOT THE AIR TRAFFIC

CONTROL ISSUE, IT WAS NOT AN

ACCIDENT, SOMEBODY WAS

ATTACKING OUR COUNTRY.

TONY ROSE WATCHED THE WORLD

TRADE CENTRE TERROR ATTACKS

FROM A T.V. IN HIS OFFICE AS A

SERGEANT MAJOR IN THE ARMY, HE

KNEW TO IMMEDIATELY SECURE

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.

WHAT HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT HIS

WING AT THE PENTAGON WAS THE

TERRORIST'S NEXT TARGET.

THE BUILDING SHOOK, IT WAS

ALMOST AS THOUGH THE BUILDING

WAS ON A [INAUDIBLE] IT

LITERALLY SHOOK, PEOPLE WERE

DOWN, PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING,

PEOPLE WERE HURT.

IF YOU WERE STANDING UP IN THAT

FIRE BALL, YOU DIED, PEOPLE

WERE JUST DISINTEGRATING.

TERRORISTS HAD CRASHED

AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 77 OF

TONY'S SECTION OF THE PENTAGON,

THE FIRE BURNED AT 3300 DEGREES.

NOW, WHATEVER THAT TOUCHED,

IT WAS DISINTEGRATING, THAT

FIRE WAS TAKING WHATEVER IT

COULD GET.

I HIT THE WALL SO HARD THAT IT

WAS LIKE A BODY SLAM, I

COULDN'T BREATHE IN OR OUT,

TIME SLOWS DOWN, AM I ALIVE, IS

THIS REAL, I WAS SQUARED TO

DEATH.

BUT TONY SAID HE KNEW HE WAS

STILL ALIVE FOR A REASON.

THE LORD ALREADY KNEW THAT

DAY, IF I WAS MEANT TO BE DEAD

RIGHT NOW, I WOULD BE DEAD, BUT

IF I WAS NOT DEAD, THEN I OUGHT

TO BE DOING SOMETHING AND

SLOWLY SOUND STARTED TO COME

BACK.

AT THAT POINT, I GOT TO MY KNEE

AND STARTED WAITING PEOPLE PASS

ME TO ESCORT PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF

THE BUILDING, AND CLEAR PEOPLE

AS QUICKLY AS I COULD FROM THE

SMOKE, AFTER THAT, PEOPLE

WEREN'T MOVING, I WENT INTO THE

SMOKE AND FLAMES TO FIND PEOPLE

THAT HAD NOT COME OUT.

TONY WENT BACK INTO THE

BURNING BUILDING FIVE TIMES

WORKING HIS WAY DEEPER INTO THE

INTENSE HEAT AND SMOKE PULLING

OUT SURVIVORS.

EVERYTHING WAS HOT, THE

CLOSER THAT WE WENT INTO THE

BUILDING TO TRY TO FIND PEOPLE,

OF COURSE THE HOTTER IT WAS,

THE REAL ISSUE ABOUT GOING IN

THAT DAY WAS WHAT I LEARNED AT

THE KNEES OF MY MOM AND MY DAD,

MY SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER,

THAT'S WHAT GAVE ME A HEART FOR

OTHER PEOPLE, BUT THERE WAS --

I WAS RIGHT THERE AT THAT TIME

FOR THAT REASON TO DO WHATEVER

IT WAS TO HELP THAT DAY, PEOPLE

NEEDED HELP.

THE REALITY OF THE ATTACK

DIDN'T SET IN UNTIL LATER WHEN

TONY FOUND PIECES OF JET AND A

HAND OF A CHILD PASSING THROUGH.

I GOT TERRIBLY ANGRY BECAUSE

I REALIZED THAT SOMEBODY

LITERALLY HAD COME HOME AND

ATTACKED MY COUNTRY, ATTACKED

MY FAMILY, ATTACKED MY FLAG,

AND YOU KNOW, WHY DID THIS KID

HAVE TO DOI, WHY DID THIS

LITTLE KID HAVE TO DIE.

ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE

PERSONALITIES, ALL THESE PEOPLE

HAVE FAMILY AND THEY HAD A

CONTRIBUTION AS PART OF OUR

COUNTRY, I DON'T WANT THEM TO

BE FORGOTTEN, NOT JUST FOR

THEMSELVES BUT IF WE FORGET

THEM, THEN WE FORGET THAT THE

FACT THAT THERE IS SOMEONE OUT

THERE WHO DOES NOT LIKE THE

FLAG, WHO DOES NOT LIKE OUR

COUNTRY, I DON'T WANT AMERICA

TO FORGET THAT WE REALLY ARE IN

A WAR, AND IT'S IN THE JUST IN

SOME DISTANT LAND, IT'S HERE IN

THIS COUNTRY AND ALL OF US HAVE

A PART IN THAT, THE ONLY WAY

WE'RE GOING TO KNOW IS IF THEY

REMEMBER.

THAT NIGHT AS THE ADRENALINE

WORE OFF, TONY REALIZED HE WAS

WOUNDED.

I THOUGHT ANY BLOOD THAT I

HAD ON MY UNIFORM WAS FROM THE

PEOPLE I PULLED OUT, WHEN I

PULLED OFF MY SHIRT, I FOUND

PIECES OF STEEL IN MY ABDOMEN

AND THAT'S WHEN I NOTICED THE

PIECES OF GLASS.

HIS INJURIES HEALED QUICKLY,

EMOTION NOL WOUNDS HAVE TAKEN

LONGER.

TONY RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY

A YEAR AFTER THE ATTACKS, HE

BECAME A LICENSED THERAPISTS

HELPING OTHERS AND HIMSELF FIND

HELP IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY.

I KNOW IF I WAS MEANT TO DO

WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED DO ON

EARTH, I NEED TO STAND TALL AND

BE A CHRISTIAN SOLDIER, THAT'S

BY SHARING THE WORLD OF GOD TO

OTHER PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT I

BELIEVED, THAT'S MY COMMISSION

FROM GOD, JESUS SAID DO IT,

THAT'S WHAT I NEED TO DO.

THE BIGGEST THING I PRAY FOR IS

FOR THE GOOD LORD TO ALLOW ME

TO SEE PEOPLE AS GOOD SOULS, NO

MATTER WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, AND

MAYBE I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE

THIS PERSON WITHOUT

PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS AND

PREJUDICES AND THEN MAYBE I CAN

REALLY HEAR WHAT THIS PERSON

HAS TO SAY OR SAY SOMETHING TO

THEM THAT THEY NEED TO HEAR.

THERE'S HOPE THAT'S COMING OUT

OF 9/11 AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE

NEED TO HEAR.

WHAT YOU HAVE THAT HOPE, YOU

HAVE AN ENERGY TO GO OUT AND BE

ABLE TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO,

AND FOR ME, MY HOPE, THAT'S

JESUS.

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