Anita Arnum, MA-TF1 Medical

Anita Arnum

September 11, 2001…so many images come to mind…

Just like everyone else, I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing…I had an 8 am appointment in Marlboro and stopped by my folks house in Sudbury shortly afterwards.  Dad was home (retired) downstairs at his desk as usual, Mom was at work at Bose in Framingham.  It was quiet, so I decided to have a cup of tea and put the TV on for background, no volume.  The images I saw were of smoke billowing from one of the World Trade Center towers…figured it was a scene from a new movie or something, as this was afterall morning talk show TV.  When I did decide to turn up the volume, I could hear the anchors were confused and trying to figure out what was going on.  I yelled down to my Dad that something was going on in New York (he had lived there for several years and we still had family there).  Just then, the phone rang…it was relatives from Norway asking us what the heck was going on in New York???

After getting over the realization that this was for real, I knew that I needed to go home, grab my gear and head to the cache in Beverly.  At some point I called my Mom at work and said that we (MA-TF1) may be going to New York.  She said that she and her colleagues were all watching the giant screen TV’s…I’ll fill you in more when I can I told her…I tried to reach her again later on my cell, but all the circuits were busy and I could not get through…

I remember the discussions in the medical van while heading to NYC…some of the deploying Docs (we took 3 with us) had worked in NYC.  We discussed where hospitals were, burn centers, trauma centers, etc.  We were listening intently to the radio for updates (I think we only had am radio at the time), speculating on the number of people that may have been in the towers when they collapsed.  Figured we would have lots of victims to treat…sadly that was not to be the case…

The signs as we approached New York…”NEW YORK CITY CLOSED”…the city that never sleeps…how could that be??  I had visited NYC numerous times as a kid, had seen the towers going up originally…the city was always open!

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