9/11 Survivor recalls tragic day 10 years later

May 6, 2011 12:28:58 AM PDT
President Obama visited Ground Zero Thursday to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11th attack. The president also visited a Manhattan firehouse and met with 9/11 family members. ABC7 spoke to David Weber who was in the World Trade Center when the first plane hit. He survived, but his long-time partner did not. Now, nearly 10 years later, he is still struggling with life after 9/11.

"It's got solitude, it's just a good place to come and remember and reflect," said Weber.

Weber comes to Oakhill Cemetery's 9/11 Memorial to think. It's one of the few places where he finds peace.

"I was in Tower One and I was on my way to my office," said Weber.

That's when Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. Weber was still in the lobby, then a second plane hit Tower Two.

"My partner worked in Tower Two, on a high floor," said Weber.

Weber's partner was on the 87th floor. The two had a brief, 10-second phone call.

"I said, Tower One is hit too and he said something like he didn't know if he'd make it and I said, 'Don't say that,'" said Weber. "But as Tower [Two] ended up coming down, my life with him ended."

And that's when his nightmare began. Life isn't easy for this 52-year-old who moved to the Bay Area to escape New York and find familiarity. Weber and his partner used to live in San Francisco, but the struggle got a little easier, when Osama bin Laden was killed and on Thursday President Barack Obama visited Ground Zero.

"I'm glad to see that President Obama took it upon himself to make this visit at this significant time," said Weber.

The president met with 60 9/11 families, including Glen James Walls. He was an executive at Cantor Fitzgerald. Weber was a mortgage analyst there. Since 9/11, he's barely worked.

"He was very emotional and so everything was heightened from excitement to being depressed to having anxiety," said Lorena Collins, the senior director of InnVision Services.

Every week, Weber goes to InnVision for therapy. He has come to this realization about bin Laden's death.

"I don't feel it's necessary to see photographs of things like that. But essentially he got what he deserved," said Weber.

Weber plans to return to New York, and more specifically, Ground Zero on September 11th for the 10th anniversary commemoration.


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