I remember the day well. Was headed into work to test a new missile for the navy. heard the news on the radio and thought it was the morning joke. Got to work and started setting things up as normal. Coworker finally showed up about 30 Min later asking me where a TV was. I asked why. He said didn't you hear the news? A plane crashed into the WTC. I just looked at him all slack jawed. I told him I thought that was a joke. We found a TV and watched as the second plane hit. Our testing for the day was canceled.
I remember my mom was still working at the New York State Police and she called to wake me up to tell me everything that was going on . I went over there and the place was so somber with every single trooper either at the barracks glued to the tv and dispatch radio or out on patrol and trying to get info as it came in .