Survivor stories: NYC firefighter Clarence Singleton survived 9/11

Clarence Singleton was a retired FDNY firefighter on 9/11. While others ran away from the buildings, he grabbed his gear and went right to the scene to help.
by Gabrielle Frank /  / Source: TODAY

This story is part of TODAY’s series “Survivors: What Happens After the Headlines Fade.” For more stories and videos from the series, click here.

Sept. 11, 2001, was a crisp, clear day, as Clarence Singleton remembers it. Singleton, who had retired the previous year from his job as a lieutenant firefighter with the New York City Fire Department, was about to leave his apartment when he turned on the radio and heard that a plane had hit one of the towers at the World Trade Center.

Singleton, now 69 and living outside of Richmond, Virginia, had rescued civilians during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and while the alert gave him pause, he continued on with his day.

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