9/11 survivor Jeff Speller shares story with 22News


One September 11, 2001, the entire world witnessed the terror attacks on the US, which still weigh heavy on our country today. 

22News reporter Ciara Speller has a special report through the eyes of someone who witnessed this moment in history first-hand:

“Someone tried to kill me and they didn’t even know me,” Jeff Speller said. “I was just going to be a victim of an unbelievable act.”

The world will never forget what happened on September 11, 2001. This day will be remembered one of the worst days in American history.

For my family, September 11 has taken on another title. We call it ‘survivor day,’ because my father is a survivor of 9/11.

I recently sat down with my dad to hear his story.

Ciara Speller: You were working in New York at the time, so every morning we would talk on the phone, that was just part of our routine. Mom would drop me off at school. That day just seemed like a regular day…nothing out of the ordinary.. but it wasn’t a regular day for you.

Jeff Speller: I was on the 36th floor of Tower Two. Worked for an insurance brokerage firm.

I looked up and I asked her why the Air Force would be flying jet planes between our buildings.

She said, ‘What do you mean?’ When we looked up, we saw the plane going into the tower. It’s something you’ll never forget. 

Ciara Speller: I know that you had spoken with mom just moments before, and her co-worker had informed her of what was going on.

She turned on the TV and tried the phone, and it was dead. What was it like witnessing everyone trying to communicate with each other?

Jeff Speller: New Yorkers and people who were there just banded together. We were all just people, we were not any one race. We were not of any one religion. We were just people and we were trying to save each other. 

To survive it is a big deal.. it really is…To be able to see my daughter, you, grow up to become who you are and what you’re doing now, I’m thankful everyday.

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