Local man worked at Pentagon at time of 9/11 attacks

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at six o'clock, September 11, 2007

Augusta, GA---There are local ties to the September 11th attacks. News 12 spoke with a man who was at the Pentagon when the attacks happened. "I thought to myself oh my God we're in trouble." Mr. Wayne Gooden reliving the day when a plane hit the pentagon.

He says, "It was fire all over the place, it was chaos." Gooden served as a federal police officer for over twelve years at the Pentagon. He says never had he felt so devastated. "I just felt like sitting down somewhere and crying, but I had a job to do." He says.

Gooden is retired now, but a wall in his office attests to the time he spent at the Pentagon. He says, "It's one thing seeing it on television but personally being there and almost being a fatality as well is a whole different ballgame."

Gooden's wife of 35 years calls it a scary time. She says, "To know that I could have lost him that day terrifies me because I know that a lot of people did lose their loved ones that day and of course, God was with him."

Dr. Gooden has a song he sings that says, "Lord I remember on that date 9/11 when I was employed at the U.S. Pentagon, the plane hit the building where I had just been and I thank you lord you brought me out once again. Thank you for your mercy, sparing my life, and your compassion sent me home to my wife."

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2007 at 05:23 PM
  • by amanda Location: wv on Sep 12, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    i am the daugther of Dr, Gooden. thank you for hearing my dads story, may it help others to see how god can be there for them in good or bad times. god bless all the family that lost love one!
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