Wesley Wong

  • First Responder, Survivor
  • Captioned

Retired FBI agent who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11 and survived the collapse of both towers

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This story was filmed as part of our Anniversary in the Schools program, which introduces students to first-person accounts of the 9/11 attacks. Participate in this year’s free program by completing this registration form.

Teaching Guides

Find tailored questions below for teaching this story.

This story may not be appropriate for elementary learners. Please pre-screen and use at your discretion.

As you listen to Wesley’s story, think about the following questions:

  • How did Wesley’s decision-making skills help him survive the attacks?
  • What actions did Wesley take that showed courage or heroism?
  • Wesley had the “great honor, on the first anniversary of 9/11, to read some of the names at Ground Zero.” What did the experience mean to him? How can you honor the anniversary today?

As you listen to Wesley’s story, consider the following questions:

  • How did Wesley’s decisive actions help him survive the attacks?
  • After the impact of the second plane into the South Tower, Wesley says, “Now I’m the person that everyone looks to, to tell them what’s going on.” Why did his role, as an FBI agent, change in this moment?
  • What moments in Wesley’s story demonstrated courage or heroism?
  • Wesley had the “great honor, on the first anniversary of 9/11, to read some of the names at Ground Zero.” What did the experience mean to him? Why is communal commemoration of the attacks still important today?

Additional Resources

Wesley was an agent with the FBI on 9/11. To learn more about the FBI, including their response to the attacks, visit Inside the Collection. If you’re interested in more first responder stories, visit our Webinar Stories archive.