Fairfield native Doug Chavenello was fishing in Black Rock Harbor when the marine radio at his side started going berserk. The off-duty firefighter didn't know what was happening 50 miles south at the World Trade Center in New York, but he could sense it was something catastrophic. He reeled in his fishing line and steered his boat to shore.
By 9:03 a.m., the 41-year-old lieutenant was at fire headquarters on Reef Road watching on television as United Flight 175 sliced through the south tower. Black ash billowed out of the twin buildings as from smokestacks.