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Mike Benfante & Tina Hansen

Mike Benfante & Tina Hansen

Mike worked in the North Tower and was in the building when the plane hit. As Mike was escaping down the stairwell with others,, he and coworker John Cerqueria stopped on the 68th floor, when the stairwell door was open. Michael and John found Tina Hansen, stuck on the 68th floor in a heavy motorized wheelchair. With the help of Tina’s co-workers, Michael and John were able to move Tina to a lighter emergency rescue chair and carry her to safety. In 2013, Mike wrote and published, “Reluctant Hero” a book about what he went through, what he learned and what he’ll never forget. During the attacks, Tina was trapped in a heavy, motorized wheelchair on the 68th floor of the North Tower. Evacuating was near impossible. Luckily, coworkers John Cerqueria and Mike Benfante, coming down from the 82 floor above, stopped on Tina’s floor, and offered to help. They found an evac-chair and carried her 68 flights of stairs to safety, moments before the tower collapsed. A year later, Tina attended Mike’s wedding and today, the two remain close friends.