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Ed Williams: 9/11 survivor

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

Captain Ed Williams of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, jail administrator and 9/11 survivor

Captain Ed Williams of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, jail administrator and 9/11 survivor

To many Ed Williams is a captain in the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department.

In that role, he administers the Audrain County Jail, its staff of 18, and by the time the renovation is done, its 135 inmates.

When asked what inspired him to take the path from jailer, transport officer, patrol deputy, lieutenant in charge of patrol and captain, his answer is not a common one.

“To fight crime, to do my part to fight terrorism.”

He has seen terrorism closer than most. On September 11, 2001, Williams was in New York City’s World Trade Center.

His office, where he worked as a financier, was eight stories underground, nearby.

He got out safely and was on a train after the first plane hit, but his journey had just begun, and had actually started years earlier, in his home town of Mexico.

There, as the millennium approached, he and his brother, Richard Williams, an officer for Mexico Public Safety, had planned to join the Missouri State Highway Patrol together.