On September 13, 2001, the headline of the “News Review” was: “Times of Terror.” On that day, the Suffolk Times published two words: “They survived.” It tells the story of Orient Point resident Nelly Davoren. The tragic story of escaping from zero on the morning of September 11th.
The terrorist attack on that pristine Tuesday morning took place nearly 80 miles west of Riverhead, but the local repercussions can be felt immediately, and it is clear that a story that has been passed down from generation to generation is unfolding.
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in the weeks that followed, the headlines of both newspapers reported heroism, generosity, healing, and grief, because the residents had difficulty understanding the attack.
Let us review some of the headlines and how the worst terrorist attacks in American history unfolded in the towns of Riverhead and Southold.
“Escape from New York”, September 13, 2001
Shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Betty Goldrich and her partner Cara Galowitz started their new day. They wandered in their apartment on North Moore Street in Manhattan. They were located eight blocks directly north of the World Trade Center. The sound pierced the sky.
“We heard a voice—poof!” Ms. Gallowitz said. “It sounds like it’s outside. I said,’Oh, oh. It was a plane crash.”
Three hours later, they told the story in quiet North Fork, 75 miles from Manhattan, as they embraced their little dachshund Ophelia, away from the spreading destruction and slaughter that engulfed their fashionable urban neighborhoods. They are still shocked, maybe shocked, they still feel insecure, even though they told their stories in the Mattituck office of the Times/Critical Newspaper.
“They survived”, September 13, 2001
Tuesday is the farmer’s market day next to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. For 10 years, Terry Farm trucks have been delivering products from Orient Point there.
Tuesday, September 11 is no exception. Billy Halsey and Nelly Davoren of Westhampton stood in the stands early. They were there when the jet crashed into the tower. They survived the hail of burning debris. And they escaped.
“They are the last people on the market,” Ethel Terry said Wednesday morning. “By the grace of God, they survived.”
After the plane that was too low flew by, Ms. Davolen heard the sound of a “big bang” and metal began to layer around them. “Billy let us get in the truck.” Once, a young Asian woman ran past and “put a baby into my arms”, shouting that she was going to the trade center to find her husband. The woman was away for five to ten minutes, but “feeled like an hour,” Ms. Davoren said in her Irish brogues. “I’m afraid she will never come back again.”
“A Light in the Dark”, September 20, 2001
They stood side by side, praying with candles in their hands.
Throughout the region, people of faith seek comfort and comfort in prayer services and vigils in secular environments such as churches, temples, and even hospitals and municipal office buildings. Within hours of uncertainty after the devastating terrorist attack last week, people of different ages, religious beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds gathered to share grief, unbelievable and unspeakable horrors and unimaginable losses. All are the inevitable aftershocks after the destruction of the World Trade Center and the World Trade Center. Thousands of people working there.
Many people find comfort, even for a moment.
“The horror that touched so many people”, September 20, 2001
Earlier last Tuesday, Mattituck High School graduate Shannon Reddy was at the Borders Bookstore in the World Trade Center. Then she went to work in the nearby World Financial Center. On the way to the 28th floor, she felt the elevator vibrate. When the door opened, she found that “people screamed that a plane had hit the World Trade Center,” said her mother, Nancy, Mattituck.
When the second plane hit, she had already returned outside. “People started falling to the ground, screaming,” her mother said. “She ran.” She went on and finally crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping from the bridge to take an unforgettable photo of the burning tower.
On Saturday, Shannon Reidy turned 22. “Happy for us,” her mother said.
“Candle in the Dark”, September 20, 2001
They come alone or in groups-for all ages; Christians, Jews, Muslims and agnostics; white and black; free and conservative. They all came to Jess Owen Carousel House in Mitchell Park on a rainy Friday night to share their pain and emotions during the past three days.
“I want to know whether the merry-go-round is suitable for such a solemn event,” said Mayor David Capel. “But maybe, to some extent, this is poetic justice and the starting point for the resurrection. What I fear most is that this kind of behavior aimed at dividing us will do it,” he said at a solemn gathering of about 300 people. Said.
When they lit candles and stood side by side with their neighbors, reminding them that only American Indians can claim to be locals, he clearly accepted the theme in their hearts. “We must stay together,” he called.
“Let peace prevail,” shouted one of the people in the audience. “Let us love each other,” the other person shouted. “The Lord, the will of your God is fulfilled, not the will of man,” said another person. “Now is prayer time,” another person offered.
“The horror that touched so many people”, September 20, 2001
Soon after last week’s disaster, six Hetou police officers received a call for help and went to Manhattan to perform the positions normally employed by their city brothers.
This job requires a 12-hour shift between their trip to New York on Wednesday and their return on Friday. They left two extreme lasting impressions: they were warmly welcomed by the residents and the complete destruction they witnessed in “Zero Ground”.
Led by Lieutenant David Lessard, Task Force Riverhead brought a police car and a four-wheel drive pickup. They were assigned to the sixth branch near St. Vincent’s Hospital, and later worked in a community center set up to provide information on victims.
They also have the opportunity to witness the World Trade Center site with their own eyes.
“This is simply surreal,” the lieutenant said of the destruction. But the balance is the gratitude expressed by the people they met on the street.