Lenoir’s 9/11 Memory

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As America mourns those who were killed on 9-11, a Shelby County man remembers his cousin who worked in the World Trade Center’s South Tower.

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir remembers vividly the Tuesday in 2011 when terror struck the World Trade Center Towers in New York City.

“I was on the way to the office,” Lenoir said. “ I was on the phone with my good friend.”

Lenoir told Fox13 that’s when he heard about the North Tower, which American Airlines Flight 11 struck a 8:46 a.m. Lenoir’s cousin, Rob Lenoir, worked on the 108th floor of the second tower. After the first attack, workers inside the second tower were instructed to exit the building. Lenoir recalled the phone conversation Rob had with his father.

“He told his dad that they had just sounded the alarm, that he loved him, and he was getting off the phone,” Lenoir said, “They were going to make an exit out of the building.”

United Airlines Flight 175 stuck the second tower at 9:03 a.m.

“As details came out about Rob – that he worked on the 108th floor, and the plane hit about the 80th floor,” Lenoir said, “Physically he was a big guy, with a big heart. I can just see him helping somebody try to get out.”

John Robinson Lenoir was killed on September 11, 2001, one of thousands of victims of the 2001 terrorist attack that put the world on hold for a moment. Phone lines were jammed, as people desperately called trying to find out if their loved ones were alive. Hospitals were overflowing with patients, and patients’ records were scrambled as nurses focused on saving lives rather than updating computer records.

“Rob has a wife and two kids. They, like my uncle and cousin, were searching desperately for their husband and father,” Lenoir said. “They just had to go door, to door, to door to these hospitals and community centers.”

Lenoir said it wasn’t until months after 9-11 that crews found a math to Rob’s DNA in the rubble at Ground Zero. Crews gave it to Rob’s family, but even that was only a small bone.

Fourteen years later, the family is still healing.

“The wee hours of this morning we were texting each other pictures and expressions… that we love each other,” Lenoir said.

For Lenoir, the anniversary of the attacks is a reminder to be grateful for each day.

“Accomplish all you can accomplish in the time that the good lord gives you because we’re not promised tomorrow,” Lenoir said, “Life is truly vapor.”

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