Audio Recordings Interview with William Lagasse, Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 4, 2001

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Brennan, Jennifer
Lagasse, William
Dates 2001
Location Fredericksburg
Stafford County
Language English
Subjects Interviews
Pentagon (Va.)
Personal Narratives
Rescue Work
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Interview with William Lagasse, Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 4, 2001
Contributor Names
Brennan, Jennifer (Interviewer)
Lagasse, William (Interviewee)
Created / Published
December 4, 2001
Subject Headings
-  September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
-  Rescue work--Pentagon (Va.)--2000-2010
-  Interviews
-  Personal narratives
-  Virginia -- Stafford County -- Fredericksburg
Personal narratives
-  Sound Recording, Non-Music.
-  Interviewee occupation: Pentagon Police Officer.
-  Summary: William Lagasse was refueling his police car when a jet flew past him so fast that its wind blasts knocked him into the vehicle. He then drove to the west side of the Pentagon, south of the impact. He describes the secondary explosions and smoke. Mr. Lagasse also discusses the search for and recovery of evidence, injured people, chaos, anxiety, Pentagon security, shock, and the disorientation of the survivors.
Call Number
AFC 2001/015: sr342a
Source Collection
September 11, 2001 Documentary Project Collection (AFC 2001/015)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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