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Strangers reconnect 20 years after 9/11 tragedy brought them together

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – It was a easy determination that made a robust impression. Emilio Martinez helped transport six strangers a whole bunch of miles to their properties on 9/11 after their flights had been grounded. His daughter, Las Vegas Now’s Mercedes Martinez is connecting with a kind of passengers after 20 years.

As the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy approached, Mercedes reached out on social media, hoping to attach with those that had been along with her father that fateful day.

Joyce Blutt was a kind of passengers. She got here ahead to share her story.

“It’s the family story of 9/11,” stated Blutt. “Everyone asked where you were. I knew and I will never forget it. How can you forget it?”

Blutt was unexpectedly grounded in Omaha, Neb. on 9/11, one of many hundreds of passengers throughout the nation pressured to land because the FAA ordered a full cease of all industrial air visitors.

Blutt was touring from Colorado to Chicago to go to her sick mom. She apprehensive she can be stranded in Omaha, till an opportunity encounter.

“I started to walk down the hall and there was a mass of people,” Blutt recalled. “There was a man who had a sign up, and I said ‘Oh, my gosh.’”

That man was Emilio Martinez, who was additionally making an attempt to get house to Denver. His signal stated he had rented a van and was in search of six folks to share the drive again to Colorado. Five males and two girls trusted Martinez to get them again to their family members.

It’s a reminiscence Emilio’s daughter, Mercedes, holds pricey since her father’s passing.

“This was the five-year anniversary of my father’s passing,” stated Martinez. “He died from brain cancer. It’s been five years, but this year was really hard. Every year we talk about 9/11 and what he died.”

This year, Mercedes took to social media to seek out these six strangers.

“Two worlds collided,” recalled Mercedes. “Two people coming from different cities and crossed paths. I love to hear how the other people came into play, how they are doing now, and do they ever think of my dad.”

“For seven hours I drove in a van with six people,” stated Blutt. “I don’t remember their names, but I always remembered (Emilio).”

On 9/11, Blutt had been headed to Chicago to go to her sick mom, who handed away a short while later. She stated she can not watch 9/11 protection as a result of it’s too painful.

Blutt hopes the opposite 5 passengers from the van come ahead so she will be able to relive their time together that day.

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