U.S. Olympic swimmer Chloe Sutton carries 9/11 connection wherever she goes


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Chloe Sutton’s father was in the Pentagon on the morning of the terrorist attacks.

David Sutton was in a meeting at work when he heard six to eight booming noises.

“It sounded like someone dropped a refrigerator in the room right next to us down some stairs,” he said.

Nearby, his daughter, then 9 years old, walked into a classroom in her elementary school and saw a group of teachers, tears streaming down their faces, their eyes fixated on the television.

“I definitely didn’t realize my dad was in danger,” said Chloe Sutton, now a two-time Olympic swimmer in Orlando for the Arena Grand Prix meet that concluded Saturday at the YMCA Aquatic Center. “My dad is Superman. My dad is Captain America.

“I never thought for a minute that anything was going to happen to him.”

David Sutton, an Air Force colonel at the time, worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and was in the building on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed a plane into the facility. All 64 passengers and crew died, as did 125 people who were in the Pentagon at the time.

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