911 – The Falling Man

Henry Singer

The Falling Man examines one of the most unforgettable pictures captured during the September 11 attacks in New York City, a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The photo caught by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew shows the man – who remains unidentified – was one of the people on the upper floors of the World Trade Center and who decided to jump to his death rather than die from blazing fire.

It is estimated that some 200 people jumped from the Twin Towers on that day in 2001, and due to circumstances there was little time to identify any of those who jumped before the collapse of the buildings.

Officially, all the victims of 911 were deemed as homicides, and those who jumped from the Twin Towers on September 11 are not classified as “jumpers” by New York City medical examiner’s office.

A ‘jumper’ is somebody who goes to the office in the morning knowing that they will commit suicide… These people were forced out by the smoke and flames or blown out.”

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