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Contributed by: Robert Leary
Contributor's location on 9/11: New York City
Contributor's local union affiliation: 32BJ
Contributed on: September 18, 2001

As told by a fellow 32BJ member:

Robert Leary is a 53-year-old who worked in the Amex building across the street from WTC.

He had just finished moving boxes on the 35th floor of the building when he heard a big bang. 'I thought it was construction noise,' he said. He looked out the window to see the tower on fire.

'Me and this other guy went up to the 49th floor so we could get a better look at the damage. We were looking out the window when I saw the wing of the second plane go right past me. I could've reached out and touched. We saw the plane hit,' Robert said.

Robert looked on in shock as people began to fall from the sky. 'It was so awful. I told people that we had to move. Let's move . . . this thing is too horrible to see.'

Robert left the aera as soon as he could. He has been told by his employer to expect to be out of work for 3 months.

Cite as: Robert Leary , Story #49, The September 11 Digital Archive, 18 September 2001, <>.
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