9/11 survivor recalls exiting South Tower minutes before it fell

"Right before my eyes, the North Tower fell."

John McDevitt
September 11, 2018 - 2:49 pm
Lou Giaccardo, who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks, shares his story at Philadelphia International Airport.

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A South Jersey man who survived the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 17 years ago shared his emotional story at a 9/11 observance ceremony at the Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday.

"It's been 17 years and I still think to myself, 'Did that really happen? Was I really there that day?' " said Lou Giaccardo.

He was living in Haddon Township and commuted to work in the South Tower of the World Trade Center — the second tower that was struck by an aircraft on 9/11.

He shared his story, recalling how he helped convince people to leave the building. He remembers keeping others calm on the stairwell and seeing first responders enter the building as they all made their way onto the street.

"Then the towers fell," he said. "First, the South Tower — the one that I was in about 25 minutes before it fell. That will always burn deep inside of me. 

"It was a bit further away when I looked back through a tree line and then right before my eyes the North Tower fell. My heart and prayers goes out daily for those who lost their loved ones in those buildings."

Giaccardo emphasized that 9/11 observances need to continue as the years go on so we do not forget what happened that day.