- Aug 26, 2011
I could not imagine having to carry this burden around inside of you all these years. Hopefully she has/is still receiving therapy to help realize that in no way is this her fault.So, this is cut and pasted from my cousins facebook page today. She worked for Marsh & McLennan in the human resource department, and only recently had been transferred to the midtown office from WTC. I was going to mention this story in my recounting above, but ended up not. I never knew until she posted this today on her facebook page, that I was one of the few that even knew this story. I know she suffers a lot of guilt, but never knew she kept it a secret. This year on 9/11 she made a cryptic post, and thus finally told her story this morning. Here it is:
" Yes Sheila, I knew sweet Dominique. And yes...I knew she wasn't supposed to be at the WTC that day. Because of me.
Here's my story I've never posted before, but I need to.
We worked together in Human Resources in NYC on 46th/6th Ave midtown. We were responsible for presenting new employee orientations. After my HR piece I spoke about to the new hires that Monday Sept 10, Dominique's part was to get the new hires up and running with their computer systems and explain in that room how to get on email, etc. She would always present right after me. That Monday 9/10, the new hire group happened to be about 15 young tech/IT department employees who would be working in the North Tower on the 99th floor (our other location). They all met me at 9am on Sept 10 on 46th/6th in our main office bldg. And because they were IT people, I knew they needed more than the general email, basic instruction set up shpiel. I called Dominique and said "please don't come today to the midtown office for your presentation. Instead, please go downtown at 9am tomorrow 9/11 to the North tower on 99th floor and work by their stations so you can be more hands on with this more computer savvy group." We talked and she told me about her fiancé and how excited she was to see him after a trip he took-- and that she wasn't sure she'd be able to go to the mtg on Tuesday 9/11. I told her this would be the easiest way to answer their advanced computer questions by being at their desks downtown. She agreed and told me to tell the new employees to meet her tomorrow (9/11) at 9am at WTC for computer orientation information.
I know that I couldn't have known what was to be Dominique's fate. But, it haunts me to this day and I've spent the last 16 years carrying the guilt that I played a part in the fact that she is no longer with us.I think of Dominique all the time. I visited her memorial at the WTC museum at Ground Zero and prayed. She was a very sweet and smart woman.
Many of my co workers also did not survive that tragic day"
And that is her story, plus she also felt guilty about the 15 new hires who she had all ready to start their first day on the job that fateful day, and the fact that they also perished. My cousin ended leaving that job shortly after. She really could not deal with the guilt. She is in general a really put together person, and you would not know that she deals with this still to this day...