Everybody who lived through 9/11 knows her.
You might not consciously remember her, but her dust-covered image is certainly engraved somewhere in your brain.
She became known across the world as the Dust Lady, but her real name was Marcy Borders, and she never fully recovered after that horror which haunted her to her untimely death.
There are many pictures of unspeakable horror capturing the tragic events of 9/11.
The man with the suitcase, the tiny silhouettes of the people jumping out of the windows in terror, the fires, the rubble, and the Dust Lady, a ghost-like apparition in that apocalyptic scenery.
Trapped In A Nightmare
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a 28-year old mother-of-two Marcy Borders was just starting a new day at the office, at the Bank of America. Only it wasn’t going to be a day like any other day.
At 8:46 AM, a plane hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center between the 93rd and the 99th floors.
Marcy Borders was at her desk 12 floors below when the whole building shook. She panicked, just like so many on that day that made no sense.
Today, we have a minute-by-minute outline of how the tragedy unfolded, but in those moments the people in the Twin Towers had absolutely no idea what was going on. Only that it was bad, very bad.
The noise, the office supplies and the furniture falling from the stories above and then the people, those trapped by the flames who tried to escape a certain death by jumping out the windows to an equally certain death.
“They tried to calm me down, told me to relax, take deep breaths, but the way the building was shaking, I couldn’t sit there,” Marcy later recalled in an interview.
As a young mother, her survival instinct kicked in. She had to flee.
She took to the stairs and started an 81-floors descent into Hell.
As she made her way down the stairs the full horror of the situation became apparent.
That was no ordinary taking to stairs because the elevator was broke.
The stairs were full of desperate people, just like her, trying to make their way out, a decision that saved many lives that day.
The same people she’d not to in the lobby on her way up were now characters in a horror movie.