'Can I speak to the girl who was the last person to see Dan?'
Janice Brooks: “Coming up to the 1st anniversary, we were having a remembrance service and one of the things I was tasked with was gathering a book of remembrance. It was going to be we, me reaching out to the individual family members, me asking them for a photograph and a story which would go in a book that we would have forever and would really celebrate their lives. I have it here. And just flicking through actually every face tells a story. There's some photographs in here that I took. It goes right there, it's every one of our 61 people have a photograph. And this is Dan who was one of the last guys I saw. On the day and afterwards, his wife would call me and she called the Help Desk one day and said: “can I speak to the girl who was the last person to see Dan?” And I came on the phone, scared. And she said to me: “How was he? What is your last memory of him?” My last memory of him is the three of them walking towards me and smiling. I said I was, you know, I didn't know whether to stay or go. They had decided to stay. “Was he scared? Did he look scared?” I said: “Honestly, no.” The three of them were laughing and joking as they were walking towards me. And that is a memory that I want to keep. And she thanked me. She wrote to me afterwards and said I'd helped her. Which is surprising. And she thanked me. And she said that I helped her. I had helped her move on. I thought she was very generous. And every time I look at this, I think not only of him, but how wonderful she was to me.”
Janice Brooks worked for international brokerage firm Euro Brokers in the South Tower of the World Trade Center complex, having only moved to New York from London just weeks before the events of 11 September 2001.
Janice worked on the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center, managing to escape after learning of a plane hitting the adjacent tower, while 61 of her Euro Brokers colleagues unfortunately did not.
She tells the story of the books of remembrance that were created as a memorial to her colleagues and how it helped her and others deal with what happened.
Janice has since returned to the UK, now living just outside of London in Essex and working in Canary Wharf. Janice is working closely with UK educational charity SINCE 9/11 to help younger generations understand the events and impact of the 9/11 attacks.
Janice was interviewed in 2018 as part of IWM's Age of Terror season,