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.