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Honoring The Survivors
As part of NY1's special 9/11 coverage, Dean Memenger takes a look at those who survived the World Trade Center attack.
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The victims of 9/11 include the tens of thousands who survived that day, who are now left to reflect on and remember the family, friends and colleagues that they lost in the Twin Towers.

They were people who were just going about their daily lives when they were plunged into a living nightmare. And for the last year, they have been coping with a New York that has changed dramatically in every way - while reflecting on the unknown factors that kept them alive when so many died.

Here are some of their stories.

 
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Pamela Tait

Pamela Tait is a mother and wife from Staten Island who worked for the Fiduciary Trust Company on the 90th Floor of 2 World Trade Center. Just as she arrived in the lobby on 9/11, she heard a loud noise - the sound of the first hijacked airliner plowing into the other tower.

She went outside, despite entreaties from others that their building was safe, and then watched as the second airliner crashed into her offices. She says she may owe her life to a faulty cellphone - she arrived late after visiting a Sprint store to complain.

Tait may have survived the collapsing towers, but she hasnít escaped the images. Even after finally going to therapy after Christmas and taking a number of medications, she is still haunted by nightmares of severed body parts and the destruction of what she calls a war zone.

 
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Elliot Nadel

Elliot Nadel started cleaning his desk when the vibrations of an explosion in his building cracked the ceiling tiles overhead. Even after his wife called to say a plane had struck his building, he didnít think he was in danger.

But the alarm increased as his descent from the 85th floor ran into a locked door a few flights down. He found another staircase and slowly made his way down and assisted others - all the time unaware that another airliner had struck the other tower.

Nadel finally reached the lobby - just as the other tower imploded and plunged into the ground, covering him and the others in his group in debris. Nadel saw a light at the end of a tunnel and thought that that he was going to die - the light turned out to be a flashlight in the hand of a firefighter who helped him escape.

 
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Phillip Morelli

Construction worker Phillip Morelli, a 37-year-old Queens native, loved his seven years of working at the World Trade Center. When he heard the impact of the first airliner striking more than 90 floors above, he thought something big had tipped over in one of the other basement levels just above him.

He encountered smoke and screaming people when he made his way up to the underground parking lot, then started running over to the other tower, the way out from there. He arrived as the second airliner hit, sending the walls crashing down around him.

Morelli escaped, but many of his friends and colleagues died. Thatís why today he is helping to rebuild, as part of a crew repairing the damage of September 11 at the Verizon building.

 
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Brian Reeves

Brian Reeves, a 34-year-old security guard, was nearly killed while making the rounds in the lobby of 1 World Trade Center on September 11. He started to run after hearing an explosion that he said sounded like a missile, but he was knocked down by a fireball that roared down the elevator shaft.

Reeves suffered third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body before he was able to pat out the flames. He was one of 20 critically-injured patients rushed to New York Presbyterianís burn unit that day.

He has recovered from the physical injuries, but the nightmares and flashbacks still haunt him. Vowing to be a survivor and not a victim, Reeves recently returned to the World Trade Center site for the first time since September 11 to face down his fears.

 
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