Deborah Mete: 9/11 Buddies

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Deborah Mete at her 9/11 shrine in her apartment in the North Bronx

Deborah Mete was a school safety officer in New York and on September 11, 2001, she was helping to evacuate public schools when the Towers collapsed. She got knocked down and injured, but she and a sanitation officer named Charles Diaz helped save each others' lives. In the WNYC special Living 9/11, she tells how she and Chuck became "9/11 buddies." And how she misses him now. She lives in the Bronx.

What do you want to remember from 9/11 and what do you want to forget?

I would like to forget the whole day, the whole event. But I would like to remember Charlie Diaz saving me and all the people helping each other.

Beth Fertig
Deborah Mete and her son Ahmed, who just graduated from high school
Beth Fertig
The badge Deborah Mete was wearing, as a school safety officer, the day of the World Trade Center attacks
Marianne McCune
Deborah Mete testifying at her church


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Cynthia Turnquest-Jones from Mount Vernon, NY

Mete called me on September 10. I moved to Maryland because I nought I didn't like New York anymore. We talked for a long time and she told me that she missed me and asked how my mom was doing after having breast cancer. We laughed and spoke for hours as usual.

Mete called me on the 12th and when I saw her name on the caller I'd box I said, "I wonder why she is calling me again I just spoke to her day before yesterday."

Mete said that she was injured but okay. She also said that she was so happy that she called me before 9/11!

I moved back to New York nine months later!

Sep. 08 2011 11:03 PM

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