On September 10th, 2001 Colleen Piccone was scheduled to fly out of New York but opted to stay in New York and fly out the following day, September 11th so she could celebrate her 36th birthday alongside her children. That small decision would change many aspects of her life in the coming years.
At the time of September 11th, Colleen was a mother to two small children, and living in Staten Island. She had been working in Six World Trade Center for 11 years and was the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for the US Customs Service. In the early morning of September 11th she was scheduled to fly out of Newark International Airport heading to San Diego, California. That flight would take off on time, but would eventually be grounded by all that was transpiring on the East Coast. In the days that followed, Colleen would drive thousands of miles across the country only to return to a city that was in crisis. This is Colleen’s story.