Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Witness To WTC Explosions On 9/11 Kills Himself
Steve Watson Friday, Sept 5, 2008
A janitor who worked in one of the World Trade Center towers and helped save lives on 9/11, in addition to witnessing what he described as "explosions" in the tower basement, has committed suicide.
The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Kenny Johannemann shot himself in the head last Sunday, August 31, 2008.
Mr Johannemann's suicide note stated that he was taking his own life as he was being evicted and could not handle homelessness. The note also stated that since 9/11 he had become depressed and had been drinking.
According to the Daily News report, relatives found another letter next to his suicide note. The second letter (right), dated October 31 2001 and type written on White House stationery featuring the president's signature, was an acknowledgement of Johannemann's bravery on 9/11.
The letter refers to Johannemann's actions of pulling a burning survivor to safety, thus saving his life.
In the aftermath of the attacks, Johannemann appeared on the "Jenny Jones Show" to relate this story.
Johannemann's employer at the time, ABM Industries featured him on the front cover of their 2002 magazine which recounted employee accounts of the events of 9/11.
The Daily News article features quotes from a Joseph Maya, described as a cousin of Johannemann. Maya reportedly stated that during this time after 9/11 Johannemann became reclusive and stopped associating with his family, something he had previously "delighted in".