Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

63 | | “All of a sudden, we just heard this sound,” Williams recalled. “We looked up and saw the tower falling. It was like we were in a movie. Everyone ran at full speed. There was this dark cloud chasing us as we ran. We were covered in debris.” Retired firefighter Chevalo Wilsondebriano, owner of Charleston Gourmet Burgers, was a member of one of the many firehouses who responded to Ground Zero. “I was sitting around the station and it came over the walkie talkie that there was an explosion at the World Trade Center,” he remembered. “There was no mention of a plane.” Wilsondebriano’s supervisor told him to gear up the MERV (Mobile Emergency Room Vehicle). MERVs are only used for major mass casualty incidents. Wilsondebriano was also a firefighter during the 1993 bombing at the WTC. He never thought the towers would fall, but he witnessed with his very own eyes the South Tower falling as he and his comrades ran up the West Side Highway. United Flight 93 left Newark, New Jersey at 8:42 a.m. originally destined for San Francisco. It was hijacked at 9:28 a.m. By 9:57 a.m., the heroic passengers decided to fight back, attempting to gain access to the cockpit. At 10:02 a.m., the plane carrying 33 passengers and seven crew members crashed in an open field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believed the hijackers were heading to the White House or the U.S. Capitol. 9/11 was a moment in history that changed the world. Despite the tragedy endured, America decided to unite and protect its vibrant culture and tenets of freedom. Sept. 11 is now Patriot Day, a holiday observed to commemorate the lives of those who died in the terrorist attacks. We will never forget their stories and the acts of courage displayed by citizens and first responders. We will never forget our nation’s resilience during one of our nation’s darkest days. our town LIVE LOVE LEARN 1183 Russell Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843.884.4721 EDUCATING THE CHRIST OUR KING - STELLA MARIS SCHOOL WHOLE CHILD OVER 70 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE With a catholic foundation