News freezes people in time
VINDICATOR STAFF REPORTS
Local residents remembered where they were when they heard the news:
UAtty. Richard Luther of East Liverpool had planned on attending a birthday party for a friend Tuesday, but he spent it instead with his family, trying to grasp the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. "We sat around and talked," Luther said. "I'm fearful for what it might mean for my oldest son," who is 21, he added.
UAfter hearing about the attacks, Cheryl Murdoch, Guilford Lake, said she "went straight home and turned on the TV and sat there dumbfounded. I can't believe anyone would take all those lives," she said.
UPatty Baker of Lisbon sought solace in prayer and the company of the faithful. Baker attended a prayer service in Lisbon Tuesday evening. "You just feel so helpless," she said. "You hope your prayers will help."
UTurning on the television set while at home during the day Tuesday, Mark Smith of East Liverpool was confronted with horrifying images of terror. Smith said he spent much of the day overwhelmed by shock. "How could this happen to America?" he asked.
UDock workers along the Ohio River in East Liverpool expressed disbelief when truck drivers told them what had happened, recalled Roger Jones of Salineville. "At first we called them liars," Jones said. But after learning the ugly truth, he spent much of the day "glued to the TV set. It's just unreal," Jones said.
U"I cried. I absolutely just cried," Denise MacLean, a Columbiana County Sheriff's Department clerk, said of her reaction to the attacks. MacLean, who performs as part of her family's singing group, said she attended an event at a Wellsville church, arranged before Tuesday. The group's first song was "This Is My Country." MacLean said she was too choked up to sing the patriotic number. "There was nothing coming out of my mouth," she recalled.
U"I was working here (Dave's Barber Shop, Washingtonville)," said Randy Bauman of Salem. "It's just horrible -- disgusting. We need to find out who did this and do something about it."
U"I was working at the back of the church and my wife called," said the Rev. David Dale of Columbiana Tabernacle. "It's horrendous. I just feel strongly for the families -- the children whose moms and dads didn't come home. I am confident in our president and our people. The faith of our people is strong and it will bring us through this tragedy."
U"My 12-year-old daughter came home from school crying about the people who jumped out of the buildings," said Kim Ardeno of Columbiana. "I couldn't go to sleep. It's like a bad movie. I still can't believe it."
UA former Greenville area resident narrowly escaped when suspected terrorists plunged an airliner into The Pentagon. Katie Lyon, who only began working at The Pentagon recently, was at her desk in a building about a block away from where the site, said Dr. Bruce Wolff of Donation Road. Lyon, a native of Arizona, had stayed with the Wolff family while attending Thiel. Her family still lives in Arizona. Wolff said his family heard from Lyon by e-mail late Tuesday and learned she hadn't been injured.