Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Remember & Pray



The following excerpt is from the book, "Redeemed", by Heather King. The author writes of the last few moments of Melissa Doi's life (one of the thousands who died in the Twin Towers that terrible day) and of her conversation with the dispatcher who stayed on the line with her.

The operator tried to calm her down, but a few minutes later, Doi panicked: ‘I’m going to die, aren’t I?’ she asked. ‘No no no,’ the operator replied. ‘I’m going to die,’ Doi repeated. ‘Say your prayers,’ the operator advised. ‘Oh God, it’s so hot. I’m burning up,’ Doi replied. Several minutes later, the line on her end went silent. And here’s the thing, really, in a way — one of the very few things we have to hold onto: the operator continued to speak to her for another 20 minutes, ’soothingly, according to the Los Angeles Times article, ‘repeating Doi’s name over and over, calling her ‘dear.’

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