Remembering 9/11: Terrorist Attacks Hit Home in Woburn
Pat Dyer felt the effects of 9/11 here in Woburn.
This week, Woburn Patch remembers the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a series of stories.
The effects of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks reached far and wide.
In Woburn, life-long resident Pat Dyer felt the pain, but not because she lost a family member or a friend. Pat was a Savings Bank Life Insurance employee who was asked to search her company’s database to find victims’ insurance policies.
“It took us four or five days to go through all the names,” recalls Dyer. “We did all the names, not just the ones who flew out of Boston… All of us dreaded going into work and having to go through those lists again.”
Pat said she did find “a few” policies of victims during that week of work.
“In our small way, it just made it very real to all of us who worked there in Woburn,” she said. “When you hear something on TV, it is insulated. It shocks you, but you’re still a little insulated from the ongoing tragedy. You put a name to those people and it becomes very real to you.”