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America's New War: Working in the WTC the Day of the Attack

Aired September 19, 2001 - 05:56   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And while those workers there continue to call their mission a rescue mission looking for people we're looking at the stories of the people who were in those towers.

Doug Irgang didn't particularly like working at the World Trade Center in those towers but he did have a job to do as a trader on the 104th floor of the second tower.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: And this is a man who has already missed a couple of brushes with mortality in recent years and those who know him fear that Doug may have faced death for yet a final time. Here's CNN's Richard Blythestone.

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RICHARD BLYTHESTONE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Like many in the World Trade Center Doug Irgang phoned home after the first plane hit. Now friends and family wait for the phone to ring again.

JOANNE IRGANG, MOTHER: When he called he said, "Ma, don't worry." So, of course, that made me worry.

BLYTHESTONE: Because Doug had had close calls before. He was in the World Trade Center when it was bombed in 1993. The same year on the Long Island Railway when a gunman a few cars away sprayed commuters with bullets.

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