September 11th Survivor Speaks In Eau Claire

Talking about September 11th can bring back painful memories, thoughts of loved ones lost and lives cut short.

Still, one man, who's believed to have been the last man out of the World Trade Center's North Tower is doing just that, bringing his story of survival to Eau Claire.
William Rodriguez worked for nearly 20 years as a janitor in the World Trade Center and is credited with rescuing 15 people from the North tower and saving hundreds by opening stairwell doors with his master key. Now, he's continuing to help the victims of 9/11, this time... with his words.

"Five years after 9/11 the victims, survivors and those affected by the events are still searching for answers, five years after we're still hurting," Rodriguez said.

So, Rodriguez now travels across the country and throughout the world speaking on their behalf.

"They have been dehumanizing the story because they're always talking about the buildings, the buildings the planes, but they don't talk about the lives that were lost and what really happened in the building that day," he said.

And it's their stories he hopes to share, along with his own. However, one part of his story differs from the reports most of us have heard.

"I was the janitor in charge of all the stairwells in the North Tower on 9/11, I had the only master key that opened all the doors and this is the master key, they call it the key of hope, on 9/11 there was a huge explosion in the basement before the plane hit the towers," Rodrigez said.

He says on September 11th, he and other victims experienced a series of explosions inside the building, explosions, that were never recognized in the 9/11 commission report. While Rodriguez isn't sure what the explosion was, he is sure of one thing, the lesson he learned from 9/11.

"It's not your job, it's not what you do, it's not how much you make, or how much you earn, it's really the people that are close to you, nothing else matters," he said.


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  • by Garth Location: Sacramento, CA on Apr 30, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    "Pre-explosions..What does that guy know? just because he was there. Im gonna believe that people in power don't lust for it and will never unethically act to keep it." I look at this and see that his words would be more creditable then mass media, in consideration that he was there and how many people this man saved. In the past many have seen the lies that media has protrayed. And to take your own words in to account here. Mr. Rodriguez was not in a position of power. He is a hero. The people in power is the people covering up the true story and already has the power. And not to mention black ops operations are notorious of our government and others. Please look in to the history of the United States. Remember the Maine, Pearl Harbor, Kawait, and many other instances were our own government killed our own people from knowledge we knew before or we were a part of, this is no different.
  • by Anthony Location: Madison on Apr 30, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    Lori, you should be deeply ashamed of yourself for assuming Mr. Rodriguez, a true American hero/patriot, is some sort of kook "conspiracy theorist". Mr. Rodriguez is only going off what he knows AS FACT. There WERE explosions in the basement of the WTC, well before the plane struck the building. There WERE reports of "secondary devices", AKA explosions, happening throughout the buildings, before the buildings collapsed, per multiple fireman radio dispatch calls. Mr. Rodrigez HAS NOT said he believes our "own country" were behind the events of 9/11. He's only telling us what he knows. Please do some research before condemning a September 11th hero as "ridiculous". The Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice have published several peer-reviewed papers on 9/11 I suggest you read: http://stj911.org
  • by Tom Location: University Park (PA) on Apr 25, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    Pre-explosions..What does that guy know? just because he was there. Im gonna believe that people in power don't lust for it and will never unethically act to keep it.
  • by Mark Location: Chicago on Apr 24, 2007 at 11:40 AM
    Lori, you need to research what you just said. It says he doesn't know what the explosion was. Look at the actual news footage that was never shown (http://www.911revisited.com/video.html). So many people experienced explosions that day. Can you explain the collapse of WTC7 without the use of explosives? NO. Look closer and you will see that all 3 buildings that collapsed that day were brought down by explosives. There is NOTHING about the official story that makes any sense.
  • by Lori Alger Location: Thorp on Apr 22, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    Mr. Rodriguez sounds like one of those conspiracy theorists to me--possibly one of those who think our own country blew up the trade center? Ridiculous.
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