John Seavolt/Special to the News Firefighter Allen Wallace, center, shows pictures of the Pentagon crash from 2001 to John Owens, left, and Nancy Vail, right. Wallace spoke to the Knox County Republican Women’s Club on Thursday.
MOUNT VERNON — Allen Wallace doesn’t remember a loud noise when the American Airlines jet crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. That seems strange, since the noise of the crash was heard all over the county that day. Maybe it was because of the noise of jet flying low over head seconds before, or maybe the noise just overwhelmed him and the other firefighters on station, he said, but he didn’t hear a loud crash.
Wallace, from Lithopolis, told his story Thursday at the Knox County Republican Women’s Club meeting at the Alcove. Wallace was a firefighter, stationed at Fort Meyer and the Pentagon in 2001. He preferred duty at Fort Meyer, as they were kept busy with emergency calls for visitors at Arlington National Cemetery, but that week most of his unit was attending a training class that he had already completed.
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