- "9/11: Fifteen Years Later" premieres at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN
- James Hanlon: I've tried to live my life since 9/11 in a positive and forward-looking way
James Hanlon is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and a retired firefighter from the New York Fire Department. He is a TV director in Los Angeles and the executive producer-director of "9/11: Fifteen Years Later," which premieres at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN. You can follow him @hanlonnyc. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)I never planned on becoming a fireman. As a young New York actor, my brother had persuaded me to take the test so that I had something to fall back on if the acting thing didn't work out. I could never have imagined how, years later, what would turn out to be my two big passions would end up intersecting. That day. The day the world changed.