Married FBI agents who were among the first to respond to the Pentagon terror attack on 9/11, retired together on their 18th birthday & # 39; in honor of their friends & # 39;
- Tom and Jean O & # 39; Connor have worked for the FBI for a total of 43 years
- Tom was on the scene of the Pentagon's terror attack on 9/11 within 15 minutes
- His wife, Jean, was there within 45 minutes after American Flight 77 crashed
- The couple retires after having spent their careers in the anti-terrorism unit
A couple who worked for the FBI and were one of the first to respond to the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 on the Pentagon on 9/11, withdraws on the 18th anniversary of the attack to pay tribute to their friends.
Tom O & # 39; Connor and his wife Jean have worked as FBI agents for a total of 43 years.
Tom responded to the Pentagon within 15 minutes of the attack, while Jean arrived only 45 minutes later.
Tom and Jean O & # 39; Connor have worked for the FBI for a total of 43 years. The married FBI agents who responded to the Pentagon on 9/11 as one of the first
The couple is now going together on the 18th birthday to honor their friends
Smoke comes from the west wing of the Pentagon building in Virginia on September 11, 2001 after American Flight 77 collapsed and caused a huge explosion
& # 39; Surreal was the only way to say it, & # 39; said Tom to WUSA9 on Wednesday during a memorial service for the victims.
& # 39; I had not seen anything like it, & # 39; said Jean. & # 39; Except in the movie. & # 39;
The pair say that the events of 9/11 and the subsequent era have shaped their career and changed their lives.
18 years since that fateful day, the couple believe that it is a fitting end to their working life.
& # 39; We want to honor our friends who have never had the opportunity to retire & # 39 ;, said Jean. & # 39; And it is our way of closing. & # 39;
Tom was on the scene shortly after American Flight 77 crashed within 15 minutes
Wife, Jean, was also on the site about 45 minutes later
The couple, pictured on the far right, both work in the anti-terrorism unit of the FBI
The pair say they want to remember those who were lost, both in the attacks and in the time that has passed because thousands have fallen ill, and hundreds of others have died from 9/11 related diseases caused by the toxins that were inhaled during the attacks and the days thereafter.
& # 39; Many of our friends, & # 39; said Tom, & people we worked with every day, people who sat next to you, are no longer here. They cannot retire. So we don't retire and say, "This is terrible that we have to retire." It is great that we are retiring. & # 39;
Tom, who has been with the FBI for 22 years in the same terrorism team, is also planning to resign as president of the FBI Agent Association.
Preventing a new attack such as 9/11 is what motivates Tom to go to work every day
Eighteen years later, at the 9/11 anniversary, a couple withdraws from the FBI together in honor of those who died
Jean was in an FBI squadron when she first came to the desk, but her focus soon shifted to terrorism.
It is unusual for an agent to remain in the same team throughout his career, but Tom explains it as a major motivating factor in knowing that he was responsible for preventing something like that from happening again.
& # 39; This is not happening anymore & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; If there is anything we can do to not go through it. And to have the families – you think about that every day and every night. & # 39;
The couple who have lived and worked alongside each other look forward to a long and healthy pension safe in the knowledge that they have made America safe
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