Pike County native remembers 9/11/01

As we reflect on what happened in our country 10 years ago, we wanted to catch up with some people WYMT interviewed in the days and weeks following September 11th, 2001.

Misty Daniels once worked on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center.
We watched Misty grow up at Jenny Wiley Theatre.

In 2001, she was pursuing her acting dreams in New York City and her apartment was about a mile from the twin towers.

Her job at the World Trade Center ended about three months before the attacks.

On the morning of 9/11... she went to work as usual at another temp job on a crystal clear day.

When she left her apartment, she already knew a plane had hit one of towers.

"Such a tragic irony that something so ugly happened on such a beautiful day," Daniels said.

After arriving at work, Daniels learned both towers were hit and there was panic.

She was dismissed from work early and had to walk back to her apartment.

"It was eerily silent... which anyone who's been to New York knows it is a very loud, busy city and you saw no one walking around on the streets, you heard no horns honking," Daniels said.

About six months after that terrible day, Daniels moved back to Kentucky.

She now works in her hometown at Pikeville Medical Center.

She says what happened on 9/11 played a role in her decision to leave New York, but it was not because she was scared.

"I think I started thinking about the place in which I lived and the influence I had in the community and I started thinking about wanting that circle of influence or that community impacted to be the one in which I grew up or in the state in which I grew up," Daniels said.

Daniels has gone back to New York City many times, but says she's not ready yet to visit Ground Zero.

She believes the city is stronger and better because of what happened and it's had a lasting impact on her too.

"It did change me... I try not to take things for granted," said Daniels.

Daniels did not give up on singing and acting. She's been a part of the Kentucky Opry for years and remains a huge supporter of the arts.

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