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Subject in iconic 9-11 magazine cover remembers Sept. 11 attacks

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(NBC NEWS) -- As we get closer to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many Americans are looking back at where they were that day.

There are the shoes, the briefcase and that gray suit. Edward Fine has saved everything he was wearing when a photographer snapped the now iconic image of him. Fine was walking away from the destruction of Ground Zero, covered in debris, holding a cloth over his mouth.

"I didn't want anyone to take my picture I didn't stop and pose for that picture and I had no idea that the picture had been taken," Fine said.

Fine, a 9-11 survivor, suddenly became a face of that deadly and historic day. He appeared on the Today Show and spoke to Al Roker about how he escaped.

"Ten years is etched in my memory absolutely awful but this event is etched in my memory and be etched in my memory for as long as I live, every little detail of it," Fine said.

Fine remembers the long descent down the 87 flights of stairs, with hundreds of others. As he walked briskly away from the towers, he was thinking about how he would get to his next appointment, when the south tower collapsed.

"This massive amount of debris rushing up the block and the EMT worker said get down on the ground. Moments later you could feel the hot debris pouring over your body, it felt like warm ash," Fine said.

The photograph was taken when he rose from the ground and under several feet of debris.

Since walking away from the worst terrorist attack in American history, Fine has found a new passion. For the past decade he's been working for Unilife, a company that manufactures single use syringes, to help protect health care workers from unnecessary needle stick injuries.

When he's not working, he spends time with his granddaughter Selena, focusing on the important things in his life.
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