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Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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"I interviewed Genelle Guzman just after the world changed on September 11, 2001. I wondered how what she went through would affect her life in the years to come. In this eloquent and poignant book, I ended up reassured and inspired. And not just about Genelle. But about humanity. Even though we know Genelle was "the last survivor," the detail in this book is intricate and tense; as you read each word it makes you angry, sorrowful, and incredulous all over again. But the underlying story of Genelle's strength, fortitude, faith, and kindness is a vivid and important reminder that good is far more powerful than the evil we saw that day. This isn't just Genelle's incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget." (Gary Tuchman, CNN national correspondent)
Angel in the Rubble is a riveting, simply-told story of strength, hope, and miracles by a simple, yet extraordinary, woman. It strengthened my faith in God, humanity, and those American values that make the USA the remarkable country it is. It's a potent shot of hope, whether Jew or Gentile, Muslim or Atheist. (Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, author, and Miss Universe 1998)
“I simply devoured Angel in the Rubble; I read it from cover to cover and found it impossible to put down! Genelle’s life is undeniable proof that miracles still happen. Even when all hope seems lost, it is never out of reach. Hope was a choice that not only kept her alive for twenty-seven harrowing hours, but caused her to live her life in the aftermath of tragedy with deep conviction and passion. She shares that hope is available to all of us, regardless of whatever circumstance we may face. It is hard to read Angel in the Rubble without searching your own soul and asking yourself what truly matters. You will never look at your life, your family, or God the same again. This book is sure to impact the world, but more importantly it will touch your heart in a profound way.” (Crystal Woodman Miller, survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and author of Marked for Life)
Inspiring. Gripping. Riveting. Read this book. It will clasp you by the hand and compel you to get right with God and others—today. You’ll be challenged to believe in miracles . . . in angels . . . in redemption . . . and most of all—in God Almighty. (Robert Rogers, author of Into the Deep: one man’s story of how tragedy took his family but could not take his faith and founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry)
About the Author
Genelle Guzman-McMillan was born and raised in Trinidad. She currently works at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in New York City and lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband, Roger, and four children. Genelle is a member of Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and is a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She has been the recipient of several awards and proclamations since 9/11, including a Medal of Honor from the Port Authority.
William Croyle is an education reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and resides in Erlanger, Kentucky, with his wife, Debra, and three sons. He is the author of I Choose to be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy with Missy Jenkins, who was paralyzed in the 1997 Paducah, Kentucky, school shooting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was in a high-rise fire in 1986 and like them, we were also instructed to stay in place until we heard from the firemen. I immediately got up, grabbed my bag and proceeded to leave via the stairs, like I learned in EVERY FIRE DRILL I EVER HAD SINCE FIRST GRADE. My boss told me to get back to work and threatened to fire me if I left. I threatened to sue her and the company if I was fired for obeying the fire alarm…assuming, of course, that any of them survived. When I said that, my co-workers all got up and left with me. We got downstairs and discovered the floors above us were engulfed in flames. The people in the buildings next door evacuated too because sparks and burning paper and debris can set nearby structures on fire, so better safe than sorry. There were some smoke inhalation cases but nobody died that day because everybody left. And I didn't get fired.
Whoever came up with the "stay put in a burning high-rise" theory has a lot of blood on his hands. Had we waited as instructed, we might have gotten trapped and died. I'd rather take my chances with a crowded staircase than risk getting trapped by fire waiting for help. Why take chances? Get out and wait outside for the firemen to give the okay to enter the building. They teach you in grade school that when the fire alarm sounds, you exit the building immediately in a calm and orderly manner. You don't wait for any reason, and you DON'T go back in until the firemen tell you it's safe. Fire can spread lightning fast and seconds count, especially when there are lots of stairs to go down. I can't imagine how many of those poor people died needlessly on 9/11 because they followed instructions to stay put. How many of the victims who died in the South tower died because they got all the way downstairs but were told to go back up and get back to work?
If anything, Ms. Guzman's story just confirms the fact that 1st grade fire drills really work. Evacuate at the first sign of fire and stay out until the firemen give the all clear.
I am happy she was rescued!