World Trade Center survivor to visit campus, share story

John McLouglinWorld Trade Center attack survivor Sgt. John McLoughlin, who graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1975, will visit campus April 30 to share his inspirational story with students and the community.

His visit will include an evening screening of the film “World Trade Center,” followed by a discussion with McLoughlin. The movie and talk will be open to the public free of charge.

As one of the first New York Port Authority Police officers on the scene, McLoughlin was buried under World Trade Center debris for 22 hours after the buildings collapsed Sept. 11, 2001. He and fellow officer Will Jimeno were two of only 20 people recovered following the terrorist attack.

Their story of survival became the basis for the 2006 movie “World Trade Center,” directed by Oliver Stone. Nicolas Cage played McLoughlin.

McLoughlin will spend time with students in a cinema studies class during the day April 30. A screening of the movie and discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium will be open to the public.

“We got involved so that we could tell the story of the men we lost that day, the heroism of the rescue workers,” McLoughlin told Oswego magazine shortly after the movie’s release. “It was tough to relive it, but we are committed to try and get the information out.”

A business administration major at Oswego, McLoughlin decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, a Port Authority officer, after five years in banking. He was assigned to World Trade Center complex from 1987 to 2000 and received a valor award for work performed after the 1993 terrorist bombing.

On Sept. 11, he rushed to the scene to help with evacuation efforts because of his familiarity with the buildings. He and Jimeno were unable to flee the building themselves.

McLoughlin suffered severe injuries to his lower body during his 2001 ordeal. However, he previously said that friends and classmates from Oswego wished him well while he was recuperating.

McLoughlin’s stepson, Steven Tobler, is set to graduate from Oswego State this May.

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(Posted: Apr 15, 2008)