Atlanta father remembers 26-year-old son killed in 9/11 attacks

ATLANTA — Twenty years after losing his son in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a metro Atlanta father said he still thinks about him every hour of the day.

Adam White, 26, was one of the 2,977 innocent people who lost their lives that day. Adam was at work at brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center when the attacks happened.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen talked to his father, Shelby White, who now lives in Buckhead.

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“He was a skinny little guy, but he was aggressive,” Shelby White said. “Always talking. He was like a lawyer when he was four.”

Shelby White said Cantor Fitzgerald was located on the 101st to the 104th floor of the north tower, which was the first one to get slammed into by a plane.

Shelby White said people ask him all the time about that day.

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“(Someone) said, ‘How often do you think about your son? About every 2 weeks?’” Shelby White said. “Every 2 weeks? Every day. How about every hour. But not so much about the event; that kind of fades out. What happened... the planes... all this. You just remember the person.”

Shelby White said that he hopes young people today who were born after the attacks pause every time 9/11 comes around.

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Still, White said 9/11 is not the day he chooses to remember his son. He said there are other days in Adam White’s life that are far more important.

“I don’t want to celebrate 9/11 too much,” Shelby White said. “It’s not such a big day to us. His birthday is a bigger day to me.”