U.S. banker turned Pentecostal preacher after surviving 9/11 attacks

By Reuters Staff
September 9, 2011

(The remaining tower of New York's World Trade Center, Tower 2, dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed September 11, 2001/Ray Stubblebine)

Stanley Praimnath still remembers the roar of the engines, the stench of the jet fuel and the thunderous impact in his 81st floor office as United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south World Trade Center tower. Praimnath walked out of the burning building alive, but the horror has yet to fade, he said.

“Every day of my life for the past 10 years, I’ve been reliving this incident at least once per day … and people looking at me would never notice,” said Praimnath, a banker in Connecticut with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Praimnath said he was a devout Christian before 9/11 but became a Pentecostal pastor afterward and has become a popular inspirational speaker with religious groups and churches.

Like many survivors, he still remembers the sounds of people dying. “Every night before I go bed, I’m hearing the cries of this one individual lying on the floor and this man is crying, ‘Please, tell my wife and my baby that I love them. I just got married,’” Praimnath said.

“He had a massive head injury and he was lying on the ground and a security guard stood by and held onto this man with his life. They both perished. I can still hear his cries in my head,” Praimnath said.

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