COLLINSVILLE (KSDK) -
Twelve years ago, we first spoke with a Collinsville man named Jason Jensen who was in the south tower on September 11.
Jensen was working on the 61st floor when the first plane hit..
While he was in the stairwell trying to get out, the second plane hit his tower. He was one of the lucky ones who escaped the building.
Jensen tells us 12 years later, the memories of watching the coverage of the plane hit his building are still as vivid as they were the day the attacks happened.
"I believe they had shut out all commercials and it was just a constant replay of building two being hit by the plane that hit our building," Jensen said. "To watch that literally thousands of times while I was stuck in the city until that Saturday is the same image that I can continue to play in my mind. It was the most difficult thing for me to understand and get out of my mind in later years."
He says he fears people are losing sight of how significant 9-11 was, especially young people.
"This 'never forget' statement is very powerful and so for me when I see the population forgetting, at least what I see as forgetting, I find it very difficult. And that's when I see the emotion coming out of me," he said.
Jensen says that emotion varies from year to year. But, the most emotional time for him was on the 10 year anniversary.