[to his wife] You... kept me... alive.

John McLoughlin

We're not leaving. We're the Marines. You are our mission.

Dave Karnes

We prepared for everything. Not for this. Not for something this size. There's no plan.

John McLoughlin

Mother in Hospital: My son ... works the elevator in the south tower... he's a good boy. Then I saw that building going down like a pancake... damn thing is I yelled at him. I made dinner and he got held up at work... food went to waste. Now all I wanna do is hold him.
Donna McLoughlin: I know... I know.

It's as though God put up a screen of smoke to prevent us from seeing something we are not yet ready to see.

Dave Karnes

[narrating] "9/11 showed us what human beings are capable of. The evil, yeah, sure. But it also brought out the goodness we forgot could exist. People taking care of each other for no other reason than it was the right thing to do. It's important for us to talk about that good, to remember. 'Cause I saw all of it that day."

John McLoughlin

Will Jimeno: This guy. He's gonna die if you don't get him out soon. And the only thing in the way is my leg. I want you to cut it off. Just cut if off. I can live without a leg.
Scott Strauss: I'm not cutting your leg off. I can't. You're coming out in one piece, you hear me?
Will Jimeno: You gotta... Look it's my leg. Just juice me up and cut it off. If he dies, I die. That's just the way it is.
Scott Strauss: Look Will, your partner must be 20 feet deeper. Probably more compacted than you. Even if I cut your leg off, he's not gonna get out of there for hours. I'm sorry, man. Now, let me do my work.

Scott Strauss: Chuck. Paddy. Just get out of here. This whole damn thing could come down on us. There's no sense in all of us getting killed.
Chuck Sereika: You gonna pry up that slab and get him out of here yourself? I've been in and out of rehab for years. Finally figured out the only thing I've been ever good at is helping people. We're doing this together.
Paddy McGee: I Ain't leaving.
Will Jimeno: I don't mean to break up the moment, but were all getting out of here together.

It is impossible to save people that are THAT high up!

Officer Giraldi

How am I supposed to tell Bianca that her father is dead?

Allison Jimeno

Donna McLoughlin: You can't leave yet, the kitchen isn't even finished yet.
John McLoughlin: Will you forget about the kitchen for a minute. I'm kinda stuck here.
Donna McLoughlin: Well get unstuck John.

Chuck Sereika: Got a name Marine?
Dave Karnes: Staff Sergeant Karnes
Chuck Sereika: Got something a little shorter?
Dave Karnes: Staff Sergeant.

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World Trade Center Quotes

Dominick Pezzulo: Willie, I can't get this off of you...
Will Jimeno: Don't leave me, Dom! Keep trying! Please, keep trying!
Dominick Pezzulo: Okay.

[Will and John are stuck under the rubble] I guess you're not much of a talker.

Will Jimeno