I felt complelled and an overwhelming sense of duty to write about the book "We All Fall Down: The True Story of the 9/11 Surfer." I met Autumn Conley by chance on LinkedIn. She is the editor of this book. It was by her husband Joseph Bittick and 9/11 survivor Pasquale and Louise Buzzelli. I am extremely grateful Autumn and I had a chance to connect because of this inspiration book that is now ready for sale. It was featured on the today show and that is when shortly afterwards I became in contact with Autumn.
As she has put it, it's truely a story of a miracle. Pasquale has finally found the courage to come forward with his sotry after several years. I can only image it took that long because of the emotional inpact it has left on him and his family. Such a trumatic incident isn't one that is easily overcome nor it may never be. Hopefully sharing his story has been theraputic to him. It has gained much media attention.
Paquale was a structural engineer with the Port Authoriy of New York and New Jersey. He was in his office on the 64th floor of the North Tower as the September 11th attacks began. As he spoke to his pregnant wife on the phone , the South Tower fell, and he had the sense that his own building was about to do the same. Pasquale crouched down and huddledi nto a corner of the stairwell as the 110-story building came crashing down around him. He survied the tower collapse and woke up in the open air hours later on a stack of debris seven some seven stories high. His story became an urban legen that gave rise to much speculation. He this book he tells of the collapes of the North Tower, his road to recovery, and his life with his family and friends 11 years later.
It is stated that a portion of the book proceeds go to the New York Firefighters Burn Center.
This book is one of great inspiration, courage, strength and the amazing power of the indomitable will. I wanted to share this story with you all and provide a link where you can purchase the book and find out more about Pasquale's story. Even though my own person battle with MS doesn't compare to the horrificness of this endeavor, in a way it does share some common threads. It shares the awesome strenth of a person's willingness to survice and fight. It shares hope and courage. It shares the physcial and emotional battles that we deal with on a daily basis when left with a tragedy in our lives.
I hope you can take a moment to check out the link and consider buying this extraordinary book accounting Pasquale's journey.