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Former Quarterback Club President Kevin Danni recalls 9/11 attacksSt. Francis High graduate Kevin Danni was in the South Tower the day of the tragedies.

September 11, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Kevin Danni, a 9/11 survivor and former Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club president, speaks at the Quarterback Club meeting at the Elk Lodge in Glendale on Tuesday.
Kevin Danni, a 9/11 survivor and former Glendale YMCA… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE —- The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 70th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the first meeting of the year.

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During the last several years, Kevin Danni has done his share of public-speaking engagements concerning the tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked in four separate terrorist incidents.

Danni, a former St. Francis High quarterback, had graduated from Occidental College the previous spring and accepted a job with Morgan Stanley, a financial service provider. Shortly after taking a position with the company, Danni began a six-week sales training session on Sept. 10 in the World Trade Center's South Tower in New York City. Danni, making his first visit to New York, and his fellow trainees were assigned to the building's 61st floor.

Danni shared many of his memories from the events that unfolded Sept. 11, 2001, while serving as the guest speaker at Tuesday's club meeting.

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"It's great to be here with friends and family on the 11th anniversary of the attacks," said Danni, who served as the club's president in 2009 and is now the vice president of Morgan Stanley. "All of us remember where we were that day.

"I had just done an internship with Morgan Stanley in Burbank and my manager said I was going to go to New York for the next six weeks. I was 22 and had never been to New York. I remember taking the subway down to the World Trade Center that Sunday and was in the big courtyards looking up at these two massive towers. The first day of the training, I remember looking out the office window at the Statue of Liberty, which looked like a figurine. We had 300 trainees with the firm there."

On the day of the attacks, Danni, a South Pasadena resident, and his fellow trainees boarded a bus from their hotel to the World Trade Center.

"It was such a beautiful day in New York City that day," Danni said. "There wasn't a cloud in the sky and I was optimistic about being a part of this program.

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