Reluctant Hero

Reluctant Hero

A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget

eBook - 2011
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On September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like any other day, in his 81st-floor office in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck, just twelve floors above him, Benfante organized his terrified employees, getting them moving down the stairwells. On his way down, he and another co-worker encountered a woman in a wheelchair on the 68th floor. Benfante, the woman and Benfante's co-worker then embarked on a 96-minute escape--the two men carrying the woman down 68 flights of stairs and out of the North Tower, just minutes before it imploded. A camera caught them, and almost immediately, the national media came calling--starting him on a journey fraught with wrenching personal challenges of critical emotional and psychological depth. Here he shares the trappings of his public heroism, the loneliness of his private anguish, and the hope he finds for himself and for us.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9781616082857
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 238 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Hollander, Dave


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