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Perry County native remembers Pentagon attack

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

He was inside the Pentagon on 9/11/01... but unlike more than 180 others in the building and on the plane that crashed into it... he made it out alive.

Perry County native Dickie Abner arrived for work at the Pentagon just minutes before the plane slammed into the building.

"As we're walking down the hall, you could see off in the distance, people charging toward you and security guards telling you to get out... it was chaos after that," Abner said.

He remembers finally being able to reach his mother in eastern Kentucky after hours of trying.

"Very stressed in her voice, I could tell that right away... was glad to hear from me though of course and i was relieved to hear from her... to know everything here was ok," Abner said.

In the last 10 years, Abner had two children. He worked at the Pentagon until 2006... spent time in new orleans installing FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina... lost his father... and bought a small farm in Breathitt County.

Now he's back in school at Hazard Community and Technical College, studying radiography.

"I've settled down a lot, for the better," said Abner.

He says it's easy to be reminded of what happened 10 years ago.

"If I see a clock and it's on 9:11 that's the first thing that pops into my mind," said Abner.

So for Dickie Abner and everyone else who can remember September 11th, 200, life goes on, but we will never forget.


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