9/11 survivor tells story of helping others during attacks

9/11 survivor tells story of helping others during attacks


by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on November 13, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of members of the Christ Church of Charlotte heard a special guest recount his life changing experience during their 10am Sunday school.

Brian Clark spoke about the day of September 11, 2001 and what his life has been like since 9/11.

"I know I was being given help, miracles where happening all around me." Clark said.

Clark worked at Euro-Brokers three floors above where the second hi-jacked plane struck. He would become only one of four people above the floor where the plane crashed that survived.

He said after seeing a plane hit the North tower, he gathered up some of his co-workers and waited for instructions, then the second plane hit his building. He knew it was time to act.

"I was terrified for 10 seconds when the building briefly swayed I thought it was going to go over." said Clark. But the building did not fall over and Clark and his group started to walk down the stairs.

They made it just three stories down when they were met by another group which would set a numbers of events into play that would ultimately play the role in Clark's survival.

The other group was heading upstairs and told Clark's group to do the same, telling them they could not get downstairs because of the thick smoke and flames.
They told Clark's group they should head upstairs to go to the roof where there was air. But as the members of the groups debated what to do next Clark said he heard a voice crying out for help.

Stanley Prainmath was actually on one of the floors where the plane hit and had been buried in debris. Clark and another man heard his cries for help and went to his aid. The other man soon retreated back to the stairwell Clark continued on. He freed Stanley, but when the two got back to the stair well the groups had departed.

"They all went upstairs." Clark said. They all perished.

Clark and Prainmath walked down the dark and dusty stairs. They just happened to be going down the only available stairs that they could have.

"We weren't overly nervous." Clark said as he spoke about how he and Stanley made a 911 call to alert EMS that a person they encountered on the stairs was heading off to help another person in need of help.

That man asked them to alert someone and they did. Clark also had time to call his wife and tell her he was trying to leave the building.
Neither  of the men knew the real dangers they were in. They finally made it down 80 plus floors and out of the burning South tower.

"Stanley said ‘that building is going to go’... I said ‘no’, as I was explaining how it was made and how sturdy it was…but it collapsed." said Clark

They were only two blocks away when the North Tower fell. Sunday, Clark said he knows it was God who helped him get out of the building, but he does not get caught in the many questions like ‘why’.

"I am happy and content with that and I've come to grips with the fact that there are a lot of questions I don't know the answers to." he said.