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Chaplain shares his Sept. 11 story of survival, hope to Williamsburg parish

Chaplain shares his Sept. 11 story of survival, hope to Williamsburg parish

Chaplain Stuart Hoke stepped into the shadows of an Upper West Side subway station on Sept. 11, 2001. He was boarding an express train to Trinity Church where he worked. To his back the silvery sky scrapers of New York City jeweled under a Carolina blue sky, and commuters wearing coats experienced the first sweet, chilly air of the season.

When he climbed out of the station, Hoke was greeted by a different New York City than the one he'd kissed goodbye minutes before. Crisp air turned fat with fire and debris as the North Tower of the World Trade Center burned.

Every year around the anniversary of Sept. 11, Hoke travels to churches to share his story of survival, and the...

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