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North Liberty man recalls close call on 9/11


Like most Americans, Roy O'Sullivan remembers where he was and what he was doing when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

"I was upholstering a chair," he said

O'Sullivan also recalls where he should have been on that fateful day.

One phone call may have saved his life.

On September 11th, O'Sullivan was scheduled to work at the Joyce Theater in Lower Manhattan, merely blocks away from the World Trade Center.

By chance, he received a call the day before pushing the job back.

"It kind of bring it home a little bit more, that it was so far away, but so close at the same time," he said

As O'Sullivan gets set to mark the ten year anniversary of the attacks from his home in North Liberty, he now has a new outlook on life.

"What I learned from the whole thing is that life is very precious to everybody and people need to be more understanding and kind and forgiving to each other," he said.

Never has O'Sullivan been more proud to be an American.  He carries with him an American flag that he received after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2000.

The small flag, tattered, but still in tact, has traveled with O'Sullivan everywhere he's gone, including to ground zero a day after the attacks.

For O'Sullivan the flag has served as a comfort.

"It might have gotten beaten up and bruised a little bit, but it was there for all of us.  It's symbolic, and it's symbolic for me too."

A reminder of the American spirit that helped the country though one of its darkest days.

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