September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack/Survivors

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Please list any known survivors below.

New York City

The great majority of the over 40,000 people working at the World Trade Center at the time of the attack evacuated safely.

  • The vast majority of the employees of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 2,500 employees in 2 WTC and 1,000 in 5 WTC
  • 103 of 172 employees of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc., a securities company
  • 617 of 618 employees of Lehman Brothers (floors 38-40 of WTC 1)
  • 1875 of 1914 employees of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Five people, some of whom were firefighters, were reported to have been rescued on September 13, 50 hours after being trapped under debris in an SUV. However, they had in fact been trapped that day. See

By 9/21/01, it was reported that 6,291 people had been treated at area hospitals including rescue workers.

As of 9/13/01 9:00 EDT
4300 casualties treated at area hospitals including rescue workers.

Bellevue Hospital treated about 250 people, admitting 33. Injuries included broken bones and bruises; newer patients coming in with post-traumatic stress. The majority of the patients were emergency workers: 82 firefighters and 38 police officers.

The burn unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital received 17 victims, with burns over 14 to 90 percent of their bodies. Three have been released, five died, two were taken off of critical status, and seven remain in critical status as of October 16, 2001. One victim in critical status is Lauren Manning, 40, Cantor Fitzgerald.

Ruth Ifcher is among the survivors.

The 92-acre complex known as Battery Park City, with 9000 residents in 20 buildings, was evacuated immediately following the attack. Though people were allowed to return two weeks later, occupancy remained as low as 31 percent in some of the buildings. The major landlord, the LeFrak Corporation, did not charge rent during the forced evacuation, and offered a month's respite from rent in the most damaged buildings. Many of the residents were too traumatized by the events to want to remain.


88 people were treated by hospitals.

Army Spc. Michael Petrovich, 32, threw a computer through a window, then jumped out behind it. He suffered second-degree burns.

Army Lt. Col. Marion Ward, 44, jumped from a second floor window. He suffered smoke inhalation and a sprained ankle.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Paul Gonzalez, 46, a budget analyst, escaped through the hole in the wall just before the area collapsed. He was in serious condition with burns and respiratory distress.

As of September 13, there were 10 people in critical condition, including:

  • Louise Kurtz, 49, was starting her second day of work as an Army accountant. She had burns on about 70 percent of her body.

See also Missing Persons and Casualties.

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See also: World Trade Center -- Pentagon -- New York City -- Washington, D.C. -- AA Flight 11 -- UA Flight 75 -- AA Flight 77 -- UA Flight 93 -- U.S. Department of Defense -- terrorism -- domestic terrorism -- Osama Bin Laden -- Taliban -- Afghanistan -- collective trauma -- September 11

External Links


THE INJURED: A Fireball, a Prayer to Die, Then a Hard Battle to Live, New York Times, 10/17/2001
The Battery Is Down, All Right, and Crippled, New York Times, 10/3/2001
THE MOURNER: In a Landscape of Sadness, Offering Just Her Presence, New York Times, 10/1/2001 the story of Carol O'Neill, wife of a founder of Sandler O'Neill, which lost 67 of 180 employees
THE TRADE CENTER: The Evacuation That Kept a Horrible Toll From Climbing Higher, New York Times, 9/21/2001
AP (NY Times)--190 Feared Dead at the Pentagon
New York Times--Five Firefighters Found Alive in the Rubble