Jocinda "Cindy" Mohney
Where I was on September 11, 2001
I was on the other side of the country in San Francisco, attending the 36th IBEW International Conference as an Officer of Local 827 NJ. I woke and turned on the news right after the first plane hit. While watching the news and getting ready for the day, the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower and I knew the United States was under attack. To be so far from home with something so major going down, was very scary!
With the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, we figured the West Coast would also be targeted.....either Los Angelos or San Francisco. All tall buildings were closed. The Moscone Center was a perfect bullseye target from the sky and with several planes still in the air and unaccounted for, I did NOT want to go into the center as one of several thousand attendees.
One of our guests had a brother in one of the towers......we were relieved when we heard he made it out OK. Later on, we were to learn that one of our member's lost his mother and Aunt, 2 sisters going on vacation to San Francisco together, who were on Flight 93.
At the end of the Convention, I was scheduled to fly home on Saturday. This was the first day air travel was permitted again. My plane was one of 2 allowed to depart that day to Newark, NJ. When we landed, the whole airplane broke out in applause! Walking thru the terminal and seeing all the people sleeping on cots was another reminder of the reality at hand.
To this day, I am afraid of heights but not flying.....go figure. I am forever vigilante to my surroundings and while I will not live my life in fear, I avoid what I consider "potential targets".