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September 9, 2011

Ten years ago, Genelle Guzman-McMillian spent 27 hours buried under the rubble of the Northern Twin Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th. She would be the last survivor pulled from the collapsed towers.

Her chance of survival was bleak, she had lost hope but spent those many hours wishing for a miracle.

The miracle she prayed for came in the form of Paul, an unidentified man who saw only her hand sticking out of the rubble. He sat with her, clutching her hand and said “Genelle I got you, my name is Paul.”

After spending hours calling for help with a worn out voice, her legs pinned by concrete, and waving her one free hand, someone finally came to her aid.

"Paul was just telling me I'm not gonna let you go, I'm not gonna let you go, you're gonna be fine," she told TV ONE.

Genelle was 30-years-old at the time and was working on the sixty-fourth floor of the north tower for the New York Port Authority. She had only been on the job nine months.

An hour after the initial attack, Genelle, along with fourteen co-workers realized what was going on and began the long decent out of the tower. However, once they reached the thirteenth floor, the tower began to collapse and for Genelle everything went blurry.

Genelle showed great perseverance and resilience during the 27-hour ordeal that left her buried under tons of rubble. She attributes her rescue to the help of Paul. However, in the 10-years since the attacks, she has not been able to meet Paul and has heard nothing about him.

She deemed Paul, the unknown man who found her, her personal angel.

"I've been trying to find Paul for the past 10 years and it's, it's so surreal that it's 10 years since this attack, and I've been on the news, I've been asking about Paul.  And, and it's so funny that Paul has never come forward,” she said.

After her rescue 10 years ago on the way to the hospital, she asked for him but he was no where to be found.

Inspired by her unknown rescuer, Genelle wrote a book called "Angel in the Rubble" documenting her experience that unforgettable day in September.

"That's why I started writing this book I came to the conclusion that Paul must have been an angel, must have been my angel, must have been the miracle I was asking for," she said.

For further reading on survival stories from September 11, 2001, visit Michael Hingson’s story.

Several more stories have been provided by The Survivors Club staff here.
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