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Firefighters recognize Pentagon 9/11 survivor

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9:36 a.m. September 11th, 2001---that's when flight 77 came crashing into the pentagon.

“I was in the pentagon on 9-11 and of course the explosion happens.” That explosion sent Karen Hampton flying down a smoked filled corridor. While frightful and nervous that she wouldn't make it out, Karen crawled to safety.

 “I did lose my General and my Sergeant Major. We lost a number of friends and a number of friends were injured, burned, etc.”

Hampton will never forget the date or time that changed her life. On the 12th anniversary of the attacks, she reacted instantly at 9:36 a.m. and look at her watch.

At that same moment, six Greenville firefighters walked into the doctor’s office she was at and handed her a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

"I was in tears. I mean they're so brave and they go towards the problem and not away from it. We were all leaving and they were going in."

"The shock and the surprise in her face was absolutely awesome. It was great. Her husband went through a lot to get this planned out and we're really glad to be a part of it." Mekenzie Cox of the Greenville Fire Department said.

Since 9/11, her husband Greg does something to remind her of her bravery. The day after the attack, Karen walked back into her office to send terrorist a message.

“She gets there, finds her and says I’m here and I’m going to make your lives miserable.” Greg said.

Hampton has since retired and now lives in Rocky Mount, N.C.

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