Steve Giacchi worked for Bank of America securities in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was in his office on the 81st floor when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the building. Along with his coworkers, he headed to the stairwell to begin the long descent.

At StoryCorps, he remembers what it was like as he joined the thousands trying to make their way to safety.

Recorded July 19, 2005.