Audio: Melissa Doi’s 911 call from the World Trade Center

posted at 12:27 pm on August 16, 2006 by Allahpundit

Recordings of 1,600 emergency calls were released today by the City; hers is the one CBS chose to spotlight. Part of it was played at the Moussaoui trial but not until today has the entire call been made available.

I stuck with it for about 90 seconds, until the point where she says she can’t see air anymore, only smoke. If you can take any more than that, you’re a better man than I.

Excruciating footnote: she tells the operator at the beginning of the call that she’s on the 83rd floor, but according to this 9/11 page, her mother last heard from her when she was on the 44th floor, with some firemen. Either they reached her up top or she somehow found a way out and met up with them on the way. But not soon enough.

If you haven’t watched it yet, here’s the audio/video of Kevin Cosgrove’s 911 call. You’ll never forget it.


Update: The Times explains why Doi’s call is getting all the publicity: it’s the only one where a victim’s voice can be heard on the tapes.

The recordings released today were edited to remove the voices of civilians calling the 911 system, as the court ordered on privacy grounds. As a result, those calls contain only the operators’ responses. Calls made by government employees — including firefighters — contain both sides of the conversation.

There is one exception: a call made by Melissa Doi, who was trapped in the south tower. It includes four minutes of her voice because it was introduced as evidence during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. In the call, Ms. Doi tells the operator she believes she is dying, and asks the operator to call her mother. Although the call lasted some 24 minutes, only 4 minutes were put into evidence; the remaining 20 released today contain the 911 operator’s voice as she tries to console Ms. Doi, who apparently died while on the phone.

Sounds like their facts are wrong on that last point.

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Melissa C. Doi and many, many more. So we don’t ever forget

Ropera on August 16, 2006 at 1:09 PM

More enlightenment from the “Religion of Peace”.

venmax on August 16, 2006 at 1:17 PM

Five years later, Osama from Dearbornistan is freed by Ohio authorities for “lack of evidence”.

US Drops Terrorist Charges Linked to Cell Phone Purchase

U.S. prosecutors have dropped terrorist charges against two men arrested after they purchased 600 cellular phones.

Officials in the midwestern state of Ohio said they had no evidence of terrorist activity by the men, Osama Abulhassan and Ali Houssaiky.

Airplane passenger lists + Information on airport security checkpoints + 600 cellphones = “lack of evidence”

Naturally, it was all racism;

Terror case has ended, but stigma remains

“There was definitely some bad judgment used by some officials in Marietta,” Abulhassan said minutes after being released. “I couldn’t tell you for sure whether it was racial profiling, but it definitely felt that way.”

Terp Mole on August 16, 2006 at 1:22 PM

I’m sure Ward “Lucifer” Churchill will be yukking it up.

JammieWearingFool on August 16, 2006 at 1:37 PM

Sorry…can’t listen to it. I have a hard enough time remembering that day as it is.

The depths of hell–reserved for the scum who did that, and other things like it.

Bob's Kid on August 16, 2006 at 1:44 PM

About 5 mins into it they start blocking her voice, too.

StephC on August 16, 2006 at 2:02 PM

Yeah, I’m listening to it now and her voice is blocked out. Sanatized, you might say, for general consumption.

manfriend on August 16, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Here are the unedited 9/11 tapes from the New York Fire Department, released today.

I’ve just started to pick through these.

manfriend on August 16, 2006 at 2:55 PM

now might be a good time to mention Rick Rescorla, the man who worked as a security consultant for one of the companies headquarted in the WTC and was responsible for seeing to it that 2700 people got out of that building alive while losing his own. Last night the History channel reran the documentary “The Man Who Predicted 9/11” which is about his heroics. This is not the first time Mr Rescorla has displayed his heroics. He served with the 1st Calvary Division in Viet Nam and was the subject of the book and later movie starring Mel Gibson “Once We Were Young”
Never Forget what happened that day. It showed the best in man and the worst.

LakeRuins on August 16, 2006 at 2:56 PM

I don’t understand what they’re blanking out – cusswords? if so, that’s absurd!

Lehuster on August 16, 2006 at 2:57 PM

I can’t listen. I listened to Cosgrove’s call last week. That’s enough for me for a while.

High Desert Wanderer on August 16, 2006 at 3:02 PM

Oh OK, now I get it. Never mind.

Lehuster on August 16, 2006 at 3:03 PM

Words cannot describe. May God rest their innocent souls.

gary on August 16, 2006 at 5:39 PM

Do the families have the right to allow or not allow these tapes to be made public? Were this my daughter I don’t know if I would want her last words made public. Death is hard enough.

honora on August 17, 2006 at 9:48 AM

Lakeruins (at 2:56 pm on 8/16/06 above)mentioned the heroic story of the late Rick Rescorla. A biography of his heroic life, Heart of a Soldier, is available from Amazon.

MarcH on August 17, 2006 at 3:50 PM

Do the families have the right to allow or not allow these tapes to be made public? Were this my daughter I don’t know if I would want her last words made public. Death is hard enough.

honora on August 17, 2006 at 9:48 AM

It should be played everywhere three times a day for two weeks.

For the asshat conspiracy theorist crowd that is still going around trying to promulate the insane and evil notion that our own country’s authorities are responsible for the outrage, it should be played.

Death IS hard, and that is the point.

To ignore would mean much worse.


The Machine on August 18, 2006 at 2:53 AM

I’d never seen/heard the Kevin Cosgrove tape before. The last moments of his plea for help on the phone… dear God, that was chilling. God rest all their souls forever in peace.

Why are we still pussy-footing around with these maniacs?

SilverStar830 on August 18, 2006 at 3:33 PM

The day my father died, hours after he died, I picked up Dad’s eyeglasses from the cabinet shelf where he last left them. They still felt warm. It was as if he was still breathing. People are alive in their bodies, but also in your mind and you can’t take them out, once they are in.

This happens when you listen to these recordings. These people become a part of you.

How quickly the world changes. Hezbollah is called freedom fighters. The Iranian leader denies the holocaust and calls for annihilation of Israel. Two Israeli soldiers are forgotten in a great Apologia for our sins of being America and Israel.

Just inhale the dust of the World Trade Center and it clears your head fast.

Islamofacist whiners complain we used dogs to ‘torment’ terror prisoners.

These American dogs should scare them more because they stand for the decency and determination of the country that one day will turn their cause into dogfood.

entagor on August 18, 2006 at 8:10 PM

I want to add something. It is a crime how the media enemies have conspired to push the World Trade Center out of our consciousness and replace it with shallow diversions.

Bush is a terrorist. Hezbullah are freedom fighters. Our society is corrupt. Their society is pure.

To do this we have to forget the World Trade Center. We have to make these deaths nothing to make our actions meaningless. Pawns.

entagor on August 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM