Tucson man shares his personal connection to the 9/11 attacks
Reporter: Corinne Hautala
The attacks on September 11, 2001, bring up a lot of memories for Southern Arizona native Alex Rodriguez.
The UA graduate used to work at the Pentagon. He said he worked in an office in the vicinity of where fight 77 hit, up until two months before the 9/11 attacks.
“I was shocked and dismayed,” said Rodriguez about his initial reaction when learning about the attacks. “All I could think of were my peers and work colleagues and people back in Washington.”
11 years later, Rodriguez said he still wonders if he made the right decision to return home to Tucson when he did.
“One can't help, but think about that,” he said. “I had a lot of introspective conversation and dialogue. Did I do the right thing? Did I come home too early? Should I have stayed there?”
Rodriguez said the events on 9/11 are still fresh in his mind.
“It feels like just yesterday,” he remarked.
When asked what he wants people to remember about the tragic day, he responded, “That America is all resilience,” he continued, “with the fading of 9/11 into history, the lesson of 9/11will stick with us and we will always feel the pain, but as a general population that was just such a critical day in our nation’s history that there's no question, we will not forget.”