Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2008.8.4
Dimensions: 3 1/16 in X 3 3/16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Jim Kazalis
New Jersey Transit rail pass dated September 01 and signed by James Kazalis.
James Kazalis was engrossed in paperwork at his desk on the 67th floor of the South Tower when he heard an explosion. Seeing swirling paper outside the window, he shut down his computer, grabbed his jacket and briefcase, and entered the nearest stairwell.
When he reached the 44th floor, Kazalis exited the stairwell and joined others watching a news report of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. He also heard a public address announcement that the disaster was confined to the North Tower. Kazalis was considering whether to return upstairs when he was knocked to the floor by the force of hijacked Flight 175's crash into the South Tower.
Kazalis successfully evacuated the building and began walking north. After many hours, he boarded a ferry to New Jersey and then boarded a train, the transit pass serving as his ticket home.