Archive - Sep 9, 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” That Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, some of them were in school, some of them were at home. Mostly, they didnâ€™t understand why their parents were fixated on their televisions, which were showing images of crashing airplanes, smoke, fire and crumbling towers.
When they asked about what was happening, some of their parents delicately tried to explain how some bad people were trying to hurt their country. Other parents encouraged them to keep doing what they were doing, playing outdoors or elsewhere. Some parents didnâ€™t say anything.
BROOKVILLE â€” It could have been a day like any other.
The sky was a beautiful clear blue, dotted with wisps of clouds.
The kind of sky that didnâ€™t expect what was handed to it that morning.
The kind of sky that didnâ€™t want anything or anybody to blot out its beauty.
But someone tried. Someone tried very hard.
Above everything that happened that day, and over the past 10 years, itâ€™s what John Laursen remembers most.
â€śThe sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and Iâ€™ll never forget it,â€ť he said.
UNIONTOWN â€“ That sunny day in September 2011, retired Pennsylvania Police State Trooper Chuck Depp knew what had happened in New York City. He knew what had happened in Washington, D.C.
And at a certain point the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he knew what had happened in Shanksville, about 60 miles away in Somerset County.
â€śI knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,â€ť said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop Bâ€™s Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.
That was around 10 a.m.