9/11 Twin Towers survivor shares his story

Sujo John addresses the crowd Wednesday evening in the Student Center ballroom. — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Sujo John addresses the crowd Wednesday evening in the Student Center ballroom. — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Sujo John, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, spoke in the Student Center ballroom Wednesday. The event was a special presentation sponsored by Campus Crusades.

Students packed the Student Center Ballroom to hear Sujo John's story. — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

A native of India, John moved with his wife to the U.S. earlier in 2001.

John worked on the 81st floor of the North Tower, and was faxing documents in his office when the American flight 11 struck the South Tower at about 8:45 a.m.

According to John, he and others evacuating the North Tower struggled not only against falling debris, but also terror and anxiety. John was especially concerned for his wife, who was pregnant at the time and worked in an office in the South Tower.

The “Tribute in Light” memorial, an art installation composed of 80 spotlights at ground zero, shines in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, until the tenth anniversary in 2011. — Photo courtsey of Denise Gould, USAF

“Tribute in Light” — Photo courtsey of Denise Gould, USAF

John exited the tower safely, but could not ascertain his wife’s condition and whereabouts until about noon the same day, when the couple reunited several blocks away from the where the Twin Towers once stood.

John uses his experiences from the 2001 terrorist attacks as a launchpad to discuss his Christian faith.

John believes that God preserved him throughout the attacks in order to be a more effective evangelist.

John began speaking in November 2001 less than a month after 9/11. He has appeared on media outlets such as the 700 Club, the New York Times, and the BBC.

John also tours internationally.

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