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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Sept 11 survivor plans to marry


Trinidadian Genelle Guzman is a true survivor. She was one of the thousands who were trapped in the debris of the World Trade Centre on September 11, but one of the few to survive.

Guzman, who was the last to be pulled out of the rubble alive, now wears a brace on the right leg and uses a cane.

But, she is making plans to get married to her fiancee Roger McMillan on July 13.

She was featured in an April 2002 article in Essence magazine by Joy Duckett-Cain.

Guzman was employed as an office manager with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey located on the 64th floor of One World Trade Centre when tragedy struck.

She did not leave the North Tower immediately after it was hit, as she followed the instruction that came across a loudspeaker. Fifteen minutes later when the South Tower was struck, Guzman attempted to leave, but the tower disintegrated when she got to the 13th floor.

The gigantic explosion hit her and two others, hurling them into a wall as they made their way down the flight of stairs.

Her right leg was crushed by mounds of debris and she was rescued from the rubble 26 hours after the collapse.

Guzman said during the ordeal her thoughts raced to her 13-year-old daughter Kimberly who lives in Trinidad.

She says while the events brought her closer to God, she remains puzzled about her survival.


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