Lieutenant  Staci Ferreira
Corps Officer

Lieutenant Staci Ferreira Corps Officer

Catherine Wang

It was September 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m EST on a bright Tuesday morning in New York City, and an American Airlines Boeing carrying 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.


Smoke filled into the clear sky of the New York harbor, and fear coursed throughout the country. “I was afraid of another attack happening, and that we weren’t safe. Keep in mind that nothing like this has ever happened before,” said Lieutenant Staci Ferreira, a corps officer at the Salvation Army in State College. “I was afraid. I was in New Jersey at that time, during junior year of my high school. I could see the smoke and the fire rising up from the Lower Manhattan Island.”

On that day, a total of 2,996 people died. “It honestly was terrifying- I had people who I knew very well, friends who had parents working inside the World Trade Buildings, and to hear the news that a literal plane crashed into there- was absolutely terrifying,” Ferreira said.  


“But,” she continued, “there was also something else. Everyone was crying the first day, and then the next day determination started to fill in their eyes- and I realized so did mine. Charities, vigils, prayers were held throughout the Bronx, and hope started to fill the air. Honestly I felt elevated- seeing people of different backgrounds come together gave me hope.”


There are ways for us to keep that hope alive.


“I guess the only thing that I can say for that is keep loving each other, because in the end we’re only here for a short amount of time and there isn’t time for hate. No matter what color, race, gender you are we all deserve love because we are all human.”