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America Under Attack: Americans Around The Country Affected

Aired September 13, 2001 - 04:54   ET

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VINCE CELLINI, CNN ANCHOR: Well, the number of lives affected is certainly enormous.

CNN's Natalie Pawelski provides some glimpses into the aftermath for those affected by the tragedy around the country.

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NATALIE PAWELSKI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a small New England town, neighbors leave flowers in remembrance of their neighbor John Ogonowski, the pilot of American Flight 11, the first plane to crash Tuesday. He was the father of three and a farmer on the side.

JIM OGONOWSKI, VICTIM'S BROTHER: Our family is obviously grieving, as is the whole nation, for what has happened today. I keep looking at the corn field behind me hoping that my brother comes walking on out.

PAWELSKI: At a church in northern California, prayers for Thomas Burnett, chief operating officer of a medical equipment company. He had three children. He managed a last phone call to his wife before United Flight 93 crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside.

FATHER FRANK COLOCICCO, ST. ISIDORE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: And he said that somebody was already dead, that they had stabbed somebody and that they were all going to die and that they were going to try to do something. And he said, "I love you," and that was the end of the conversation.

PAWELSKI: Amy Jarret of Rhode Island was a flight attendant aboard United Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. So was Al Marchand of New Mexico, who just retired from police work to start a new airborne career.

THEO GORDON, ALAMOGORDO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: He just recently retired and, you know, you hope the best for people in their retirements to be able to enjoy their retirement and this is a, it's unjust.

PAWELSKI: And at a mass in Vermont, a bishop forgives the people who killed his brother, David Angell, executive producer of the show "Frasier," and his wife Lynn.

BISHOP KENNETH ANGELL, VICTIM'S BROTHER: I don't understand. I don't "Under the Tuscan Sun" people that can perpetuate such violence and such misery and all. But they're god's children, too, so I forgive them and pray for them.

PAWELSKI: A sentiment so many Americans are finding impossible to echo.

Natalie Pawelski, CNN.

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