Photographer Tom Franklin wasn’t even supposed to be in The Record's newsroom in Hackensackthat morning.
He’d been in the Dominican Republic for a baseball project and had stopped by to talk to his editor. They were discussing the assignment when someone interrupted with the news that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.
Franklin joined the rush of journalists to Jersey City to document history from across the Hudson River. He’d spend most of the day in Exchange Place, which has a clear view of the Manhattan skyline, before boarding a boat to lower Manhattan. During the chaotic morning, Franklin even lost some of his equipment.
One of the images he captured that afternoon would become among the most recognizable photos in history. He saw firefighters “fumbling” with an American flag near where the Twin Towers had fallen and fired off a burst of photos.