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After Hours AM/Criminal Code: Jeanette Gutierrez, survivor of September 11th 2001

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It seems almost impossible to believe it’s been 16 years since the stunning, traumatic, indelible events of September 11, 2001. The daughter who was not yet two is now almost 18. The country and the world are different, sadder but perhaps wiser places. On tonight’s sobering yet heroic episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we discuss the most horrific crime in American history with 9/11 survivor, speaker and museum docent Jeanette Gutierrez. Jeanette joins us at Top of hour 2; Hour 1 Joel and Eric discuss the week’s top True Crime news. Jeanette Gutierrez New Yorker Jeanette Gutierrez survived the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and now serves as a docent at lower Manhattan’s 9/11 Tribute Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at ground zero. Then 39, Gutierrez sat at her desk on September 11, 2001 on the 16th floor of the World Financial Center, across from the North Tower, when a plane came crashing into it. She called her sister, Gail Smeragulioulo, who insisted that she leave work and get as far away from the buildings as possible. Gutierrez hadn’t yet realized the severity of what had happened, but she had the sense to listen to her older sister. Smeragulioulo walked toward the building to meet Gutierrez, and the two escaped the shadow of the Twin Towers together. Jeanette found it too difficult to talk about the events of 9/11 for eight years until she decided she had to speak out for those who can’t. Listen to her remarkable story. September 11, 2001 On a transcendentally clear, balmy September morning, 19 Islamic extremists believed to be affiliated with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network hijacked four airliners and perverted them into missiles to attack the symbolic and very real centers of American – and in turn Western – financial, cultural and military hegemony. Over 3,000 souls – in