Anne Henry Call

1968 - 2023

On the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was commandeered by terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon, penetrating the building’s five rings. The resulting fireball rose 200 feet above the building, engulfing a large area surrounding the impact site with smoke. A 100 foot section of one of the Pentagons’ outer walls collapsed and the fire, uncontrolled for two days, continued to smolder and reignite for approximately another week.

Secretary–Office Automation (OA) Anne Henry Call was deployed to the Pentagon site on September 13, 2001, and worked 8- to 12-hour shifts at the Command Center until September 22, 2001. During her shifts, she had continuous interaction with emergency response team members who located human remains, personal items, and evidence. As part of her official duties, she was exposed to all carcinogens, toxins, hazardous materials, etc., present at the crash site.

Call was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 16, 2019, which later metastasized to her liver. She succumbed to the disease on May 8, 2023. Extensive research by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health established sufficient evidence that Call’s exposure to the air in and around the Pentagon crash site either precipitated or accelerated her development of the disease.

Call was born in 1968 in Washington, DC. She entered on duty with the FBI in July 1986.