Thursday, September 27

Tania Head

Tania Head, a former merger consultant at Merrill Lynch, is one of only 19 survivors who had been at or above the point of impact when the planes hit on September 11. Her clothes on fire, she was rescued by a stranger who extinguished the flames and helped her to safety before dying. She woke up in a hospital five days later, badly burned on the arms and back, to discover that her fiance had been killed in the attack.

Since then, Ms. Head has dedicated her life to preserving the memory of 9/11 victims. She gives guided tours for the Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center for visitors to Ground Zero, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Gov. George E. Pataki. She is also the president of the World Trade Center Survivors' Network, and she's founded the Dave's Children Foundation in honor of her fiance.

Today, Ms. Head was profiled in The New York Times: