15 years later Jodey Arrington remembers 9/11 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

15 years later Jodey Arrington remembers 9/11

Jodey Arrington with former President Bush (Source: Texans for Jodey Arrington) Jodey Arrington with former President Bush (Source: Texans for Jodey Arrington)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

As Jodey Arrington walks through the Lubbock regional Public Safety memorial, his mind goes back to 15 years ago. 

"It feels like only three years ago," Arrington said. 

During September 11, 2001, Arrington lived in Washington D.C. and served in the White House for President George W. Bush.

That morning, the 9/11 terror attacks changed not only his daily routine, but his sense of security. 

Arrington watched the attacks on a TV in his office, and struggled along with the rest of the nation to learn that terrorists overtook planes that struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and even the Pentagon. 

At one point, Arrington said they heard a rumor a plane was headed to the White House. 

"People were yelling for everyone to get out of the building," he said. "Women even took off their high heels to run."

Arrington could see the smoke from the Pentagon as he loaded his vehicle with passengers even though the city was on lockdown. 

When Arrington ran into President Bush next, he said he saw a man of courage and faith. 

"I told him he had a group of people praying for him," Arrington said, "and he really appreciated that."

Arrington hopes people never forget these terror attacks, especially the younger generation who will only know of 9/11 through pages of their textbooks. 

For more of Arrington's thoughts on the tragedy, click here

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