9/11 Miracle Squeegee Heads to Smithsonian

From Times Wire Reports

It’s just a squeegee, but it’s going to the Smithsonian Institution. And what a story goes with it.

Window washer Jan Demczur was on a break when the first hijacked plane slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, trapping him and five other men in an elevator on the 50th floor.

When they managed to pry open the elevator doors, instead of an exit they found a wall. Demczur used the blade of his squeegee to carve a hole through which they could crawl. It took 45 minutes, then the men raced down a stairwell to safety before the tower collapsed.

“This is evidence of survival,” said David Shayt, curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.