Sample Dispatch Logs

Columbine High School April 20, 1999

  • Transcripts of emergency telephone calls made by a teacher at Columbine High School known only as Peggy in the library area and from a female student. Some portions were unintelligible.

9-1-1 NYPD and NYFD transcripts 8:57:02 (Chris Hanley) September 11, 2001

  • On March 29 2006, New York Supreme Court justice Richard F. Braun ordered the release of 28 identified 9-1-1 phone calls of individuals trapped in the burning World Trade Centre to their families, and the release of the dispatchers' half of all 130 conversations to the general public.

9-1-1 NYPD and NYFD transcripts (Melissa Doi) September 11, 2001

  • Melissa C. Doi was a graduate of Northwestern University, and despite aspirations to become a ballerina, she worked as a manager at IQ Financial Systems, and phoned 9-1-1 from the 83rd floor of Tower 2.

FDNY Radio Channel 30 Transcripts from the September 11th Attacks

  • In November 2002, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey turned over audio recordings to the New York Times, of dialogue between firefighters while ascending the burning World Trade Center. The 1hr, 13 minute audiorecording is just one of dozens of radio channels used, and also includes discussion of unrelated 911 emergency calls during that time, which are not included in this transcript. The reel-to-reel recording was found in the rubble of WTC 5, three weeks after the collapse. It was withheld from the public for a year, under claims it could be used as evidence against Zacarias Moussaoui. All times listed are approximate, judged by the Times, although they do not always chronologically fit the audio recording.

Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, 1012

  • Articles and Videos pertaining to the Sandy Hook shootings.


C-Span Video Collection for 911
  • C-SPAN Classroom has organized a collection of videos about 9/11. The videos are intended for classroom use. The collection includes news footage from September 11, 2001 along with reflections on 9/11 from President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and President Obama.

More Resources About 9/11

  • Understanding 9/11: A Television Archive is hosted on The Internet Archive. It is an assembled collection of more than 3,000 hours of news footage from September 11, 2001 and the six days immediately following. You can explore the footage in a timeline grid format. I spent time watching some of the news footage and it took me right back to many of the same feelings that I had almost ten years ago watching it live from a FedEx sales office in Tempe, Arizona.

Story Corps 

  • offers three animated stories of the real experiences of people affected by the events of 9/11. All three videos are embedded as one playlist below.