An angel was photographed on September 11 with a firefighter running towards it. The photo, taken by a Florida school teacher driving to work has gone viral since he first shared it on social media.
Hundreds have either shared or commented on the image, calling it chilling and breathtaking.
Matt Snow and his wife are both school teachers in Florida and take the same route every day to drop their children off before going into work. On the morning of September 11, 18 years to the day that nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks in New York City that shaped a generation.
He admitted in his post that it “might be because” it was 9/11 that he saw the resemblance, but hundreds of others agreed with him.
One commenter even said that with the fog and clouds it looked like “smoke” was surrounding the two figures in the sky.
There’s no doubt that this does look like an angel and firefighter. You don’t even have to squint or turn your head at an awkward angle to understand how people could see it.
On the left, you have what appears to be an angel rising from smoke, great wings spread. The angel is pretty well-formed, with a vast wingspan, head, and even legs.
On the right is what looks like a firefighter in full gear, wearing a helmet and pointing a fire hose at the cloud-angel. His body disappears into the ‘smoke’, but you can even see the lip of the helmet and the spray of water from his hose.
2,977 people in total passed away on September 11, 2001, and 6,000 more were injured. Of those, 2,606 were at the World Trade Center, and 125 were at the Pentagon when the third plane hit it.
50 of those were police officers from the NYPD and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. 343 firefighters from the New York City Fire Department lost their lives.
In the 18 years that have passed since the attack, another 300 first responders have died due to disease or injury sustained from their time working at the 9/11 site. These diseases include cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and even major digestive diseases.
Whether this picture is a sign from God, as Matt Snow believes, or simply something we choose to see in meaningless patterns, it is a beautiful reminder of what we have lost.