Q&A: Former Aggie Mark Dodge on Bin Laden death

May, 3, 2011
Former Texas A&M linebacker Mark Dodge, who lives and works in the Dallas area, was at the Pentagon on the day that American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the complex on the morning of September 11, 2001 and was responsible for helping with rescue efforts following the horrific event.

Gabe Bock of TexAgs.com caught up with Dodge on Monday after the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed to get his reaction. Here's a snippet of the Q&A, which can be found here:
Mark Dodge on where he was when he received the news of Osama Bin Laden's death:

"It was kind of a weird deal. I was getting ready for bed and I get Fox News text message updates. I got a text message and my initial thought was, 'I heard this before. Is this real?' I was skeptical to really believe that it was actually true. Immediately I went to the TV, turned it on and started watching. Geraldo [Rivera] was on Fox News, reading off all of the stories that were going on and [talking about] what was going to happen with the President's address. At that point, it kind of became realistic and it was actually a lot more emotional than I thought it was going to be. It got my heart going and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was actually pretty emotional. A lot more so than I thought it would have been."

On his emotions and when the news truly set in:

"I really didn't sleep. Once something like that jogs back the memory, you start going back through everything that you saw and did and then you go back through a bunch of life stories that you've been through. I got to work this morning and immediately started going through all of the news sites and trying to get details of what happened, how it happened and what's going to happen. There is not enough news going on right now for me to get my feel of it and to really understand it. It really didn't set in until [Monday] morning, after I started seeing the details -- the bloody pictures on ABC News. That stuff brings it to reality."



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