Joanne ‘Jojo’ Capestro was not feeling well on September 11, 2001, but she went to work in her office on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
While she was planning to go downstairs with a co-worker, her desk phone rang and hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower – six floors above Capestro’s office.
Capestro ran out of the North Tower all within 22 minutes. Moments later the tower collapsed.
Phil Penman, an acclaimed photographer who rushed to the scene when he found out a plane hit the North Tower, spent his day taking photos of those who survived the terrorist attacks.
Capestro was also captured in a photo taken by Phil.
Penman eventually donated the photo he captured of Capestro along with others to be displayed inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
And the staff there united Penman with Capestro three years ago.
At Capestro’s request, Penman was the photographer at her August 11 wedding.
Speaking to DailyMail.com about 9/11, Capestro said:
‘Phil and I stayed in touch all of these years. Six weeks ago he was the photographer at my wedding. Phil was with me on the best day of my life and the worst day of my life.’
Capestro said of the 9/11 attack which left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 others injured in the United States:
‘That was a regular day for me when I woke up in the morning I didn’t feel well, but I still went to work. And I was standing at my desk with one of my co-workers because we were going to go downstairs. But the phone rang and he answered, then the plane hit five or six floors above us.’
‘The impact was so strong and the building was shaking until all of a sudden it stopped.’
‘The third exit we never really used so we were lucky to even find that exit. We didn’t get to exit off the 87th floor until the second plane went into the other building,’
‘I remember it was like it was yesterday, to be honest with you. You know, we had to make face masks. Then we proceeded to go down the steps and I have to be honest with you, there was nobody coming from upstairs to go.’
‘I thought that everybody must have left already from above because I thought it was going to be crowded when they didn’t have a chance to make it out.’ she recalled.
She said that she didn’t know Penman took that photo of her until three years ago when she was united with him by staff members at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
‘When we met, he came into my office and just looked at me and I looked at him and just started crying,’
‘That’s how it all started and we stayed in touch for all of these years. Now here we are today and six weeks ago, on August 11th, he was the photographer at my wedding.’
‘He was with me for the best day of my life and the worst day of my life.’
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