Michael Hingson Survived the September 11, 2001 Attacks Thanks to His Guide Dog
NBC affiliate WHOtv reports that Hingson, who was born blind, was on the 78th floor when he and his associates could feel the building tip, jolting them about 20ft. He felt for his guide dog Roselle and found her with her tail wagging. He knew there was still a chance for them to escape.
Hingson began to instruct his staff to follow him and Roselle down the 78 flights of stairs, all the while trying to keep them calm and reassure them that everything would be fine.
It took the group more than an hour to reach the ground level, and Hingson and Roselle made it a few blocks before the tower came tumbling down.
"We heard this rumble that literally within half a second became this deafening roar," he told the news source.
Hingson now travels the country sharing his story of survival.
Surviving a traumatic event like a terrorist attack can leave an individual with emotional and psychological problems, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is an important resource for military service members and civilians.
The VA focuses on suicide prevention and counseling for individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD. Through the National Center for PTSD, veterans and civilians may receive help to cope with trauma they may have experienced. Symptoms of PTSD include depression, anxiety and having an emotional response to startling events.