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May 2, 2011 9:51 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local 9/11 Survivor talks about Bin Laden's Death

Kirk Eipper was on the 43rd floor of the South tower of the World Trade Center when the second plane hit.

"We were about 400 people standing in the lobby there and I was instantly thrown to the floor and people were walking on me," said Kirk Eipper of Arroyo Grande.

He worked as a stock broker for Morgan Stanley when he suddenly found himself running for his life, but Eipper could never outrun the fear he felt that September day.

"It's like something that lives with you constantly. you're always looking over your shoulder. It's a state of hyper-vigilance," Eipper said.

He says news of Bin Laden's death finally brings some closure and peace of mind, but he knows the fight against terror is far from over.

"This guy doesn't know me, but he tried to kill me, so in that regard, I'm glad he's gone. I'm glad he got what he deserved, but by the same token I think we need to redouble our efforts," Eipper said.

He moved to the Central Coast in 2004, where he thought he would be safer, away from any big city. For the last few years, he's been writing songs for a September 11th album. He says it's been both therapeutic and meaningful.

"Fortunately or unfortunately, I never did forget. It's always been with me, so it's really great to see the celebrations on TV and the sense of unity as a country again," Eipper said. "I hope it lasts."

He says 13 of his co-workers were killed in the September 11th attacks. He hopes to release his album for the 10th anniversary.

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