Lancaster

9/11 survivor shares story of recovery

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - Artie Van Why used to work at a law firm in New York, but he said the "old" Artie was lost on September 11, 2001, when two hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

"I ran towards the North Tower," Van Why recalled. "I was ankle deep in white paper. The paper was falling down from the sky."

Van Why, who worked across the street from the World Trade Center. Seventeen years after the terror attacks, he can still vividly see the people jumping from the towers and people bleeding on the streets of New York.

"It's something I still struggle with today," he said. "I'm just trying to figure out my life and why I survived."

On the anniversary of the attacks, and with a PTSD therapy dog at his side, Van Why shared his heartbreaking story at an event for Lancaster County business members.

He told the crowd the story of how he had to quit his job because he couldn't deal with the trauma of that horrible day. He also shared that he's written a book and a one-man play to try to move forward.

"It's kind of like Humpty Dumpty falling," Van Why said. "All of these years later, I'm still trying to put the pieces back together and I don't know how they all fit."

Van Why said there are good and bad days. He said he continues to share his story with the hopes that no one forgets 9/11.

"People say it helped them hearing about it and learning about it," he said.


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