In Memory of Shawn M. Nassaney and Lynn Catherine Goodchild

In Memory of Shawn M. Nassaney and Lynn Catherine Goodchild

Shawn M. Nassaney, 25, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and his girlfriend, Lynn Catherine Goodchild, 25, from Attleboro, Massachusetts, were passengers on United Airlines Flight 175.

On September 11, 2001, Lynn and Shawn started out on their four day trip to Maui, Hawaii, before they went back to study for their M.B.A. degrees at Providence College. They had almost decided against the trip, considering a vacation in Sydney, Australia. But they decided to visit a place where neither had traveled before. (The couple had lived in Sydney briefly after Shawn was transferred there by his job.)

At 9:03 am, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the southern facade of South Tower of the World Trade Center, striking between floors 77 and 85.

In October, 2011, some of Lynn's remains and her credit cards were found, nothing of Shawn was ever found.

In Memory of Sadie Ette

In Memory of Sadie Ette

Sadie Ette was 36 years old and from New York, NY. Sadie worked as an account representative for Windows on the World on the 106th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

"I remember very vividly when my cousin Sadie called franticly at 8:56 am on that horrific day, she didn't know what happened and by the time I could tell her it was a plane, the phone had died. I remember how she stood by my side when I was in the hospital when Joshua was to be born prematurely and how she wanted to fight for me. I know she's in heaven with Joshua and taking good care of him. Rest in Peace Sadie." Ini (Sadie's friend).

In Sadie's Manhattan apartment, a Bible was found on her pillow, which she had apparently read before work on the morning of September 11, 2001. It was open to the 91st Psalm: "With His wings He will cover you and beneath His wings you will find refuge; His truth is a shield, a full shield.You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day."

In Memory of Tamara C. Thurman

In Memory of Tamara C. Thurman

Tamara C. Thurman was 25 years old and from Brewton, Alabama.

Sergeant Tamara Thurman worked in the Pentagon as an assistant in the office of the deputy chief of staff for personnel. She enlisted out of high school, served in Bosnia, Korea and Germany. Tamara was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

Tamara's mother, Saundra, described her as "a sweet girl" and said, "I am very proud of her."

In Memory of Karol Ann Keasler

In Memory of Karol Ann Keasler

Karol Ann Keasler was 42 years old and from New York, NY. (Born: Tucson, Arizona).

Karol worked for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. on the 89th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, Karol's mother spoke to her daughter for the final time. She called Karol after the first plane had hit the North Tower. "Mom I'm sorry I was going to call you" said Karol. As they spoke, the second plane hit Karol's building. The call was disconnected.

A bone in Karol's foot was found in the months after 9/11 and identified via breakthrough technology, 10 years later.

"When you lose your child, there's never any closure," she said. "It has no beginning, it has no end."

In Memory of Sirius

"Sirius", Police K9, Badge Number 17.

Police K9, Sirius, was a bomb detection dog with the NY/NJ Port Authority Police Department. He and his partner, Police Officer David Lim, were assigned to the World Trade Center.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Sirius and Officer Lim were at their Port Authority Police Station in the basement of the World Trade Center's South Tower. When Officer Lim heard the sound of an explosion, he thought a bomb had gone off inside the building, and he commented to Sirius, "one must have gotten by us."

Thinking he'd be more effective freehanded, Officer Lim left Sirius in his kennel telling him, "I'll be back to get you." as he rushed off to help with the rescue effort. At that time, he couldn't think of a safer place for his canine companion to be than in the basement while he was up doing the rescues.

Officer Lim didn't make it back though, he became trapped in the falling debris of the North Tower and wasn't pulled out until more than five hours later. Sirius, however, perished in the tragedy, leaving Officer Lim without his faithful partner.

"He was very special," Officer Lim said, "All dogs go home with us, so not only was he my partner, but he was also my pet and my friend." The bond between a K-9 and his master is special, and while David realizes the human tragedy will overshadow the death of his dog, he still misses Sirius. "We were very close; no matter where I went, he went. Whatever I asked him to do, he did. He never complained. Sometimes we'd be working for long hours, searching hundreds of cars or trucks, and he'd just look at me like, 'What do you want me to do now?'"

On January 22, 2002, Sirius' body was recovered. When David was notified that the kennel had been found, he rushed to Ground Zero to be there for the recovery of his dog. From all accounts, Sirius was killed instantly. He received full Police Honors when his body was carried out. All the great machines were silenced, everyone lined up and saluted as Officer Lim carried his flag draped companion to a waiting police truck.

It was a tough day for David, but he fulfilled the promise he made to Sirius back on September 11, 2001. David said, "He waited and I came back." The American Flag which had covered the body of Sirius was given to Officer Lim, who says he will cherish it always.

A Memorial Service for Sirius was held on April 24, 2002 at Liberty State Park (North Field) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Earlier that month, Sirius had been posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at the British Embassy in Manhattan. Almost one hundred police dogs, many wearing badges covered by black ribbon to match those of their handlers and some from as far away as California, filed past the wooden urn containing the ashes of Sirius, as their handlers stopped to salute. Then, David, who had been Sirius' handler for two and a half years, was presented with his companion's stainless steel water bowl, which had been found in his kennel.

"I grieve for those I knew. I grieve for those I never knew. But I grieve the most for the best partner a cop ever had. Sirius is still waiting for me." David Lim.

Officer Lim with Sirius.

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In Memory of Howard Lee Kane

In Memory of Howard Lee Kane

Howard Lee Kane was 40 years old and from Hazlet, New Jersey. (Born: Englewood, New Jersey).

Howard was the comptroller at Windows on the World on the 107th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Having struggled with Crohn's disease for most of his life, Howard had little patience for anyone in a bad mood. His tonic was laughter, and whether it was a new joke he would e-mail to friends or a funny story about that day at the office, he had the gift to make people smile.

His wife, Lori, said he loved his job because it combined his passion for cooking with a view he called "halfway to heaven."

In Memory of Jennieann Maffeo

In Memory of Jennieann Maffeo

Jennieann Maffeo was 40 years old and from Brooklyn, New York. Jennieann worked for UBS PaineWebber.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Jennieann was waiting for a bus near the twin towers. When the first plane hit the North Tower, she was doused with burning jet fuel.

In a second she was naked, dazed, her arms outstretched, her hands swollen and blistered beyond recognition, her eyes blackened and welded shut.

Ronald Clifford, from Cork, was in the South Tower lobby of the Trade Centre's Marriott Hotel when the first plane hit, "I saw this woman come out of the haze, and she couldn't see, she was very badly burned. Her name was Jenniann Maffeo. Over 98 per cent of her body was burned. The zipper on her sweater was welded into her body."

Ronald rushed to help her. Jennieann turned to him, "Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for me. Don't let me die" she said. Ronald read her the Lord's Prayer and stayed with her until rescue workers got her to an ambulance.

Jennieann fought for life for 41 days in a burn unit at Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell Medical Center before passing away on October 22, 2001.

"We had a short miracle," said her sister, Andrea Maffeo. "We were able to be with her. We talked to her, although she couldn't talk to us."

Mr Clifford, survived 9/11, but lost his sister Ruth and niece Juliana, both of whom were on United Airlines Flight 175.

In Memory of Debra Lynn Gibbon

In Memory of Debra Lynn Gibbon

Debra Lynn Gibbon was 43 years old and from Hackettstown, New Jersey. (Born: Orange, New Jersey).

Debra was a senior vice president at Aon Corporation. She worked on the 105th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Debra was leading a business meeting in the South Tower. When the North Tower burst into flames after being hit by a hijacked airplane, she called her brother, Adam Fischer, and asked him to let the rest of the family know she was OK.

"God bless you," Adam remembers telling his sister. "Please get out of there."

The second plane struck her building before she could.

In Memory of Jennifer L. Howley and her unborn child

In Memory of Jennifer L. Howley

Jennifer L. Howley was 34 years old and from New Hyde Park, NY. (Born: Lincoln, Nebraska). Jennifer worked for Aon Corporation on the 92nd floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Jennifer faced many obstacles in her life. Becoming deaf in her right ear as a toddler and her mother dying from a brain aneurysm when Jennifer was six years old, tested her during her childhood. As she grew through adolescence towards adulthood, her confidence and resiliency steadied her along the way. She ventured out on her own as a high school graduate and moved to New York at age 18. Jennifer believed she could make it in the Big Apple with a little fortitude and a lot of hard work.

Jennifer married Brian Howley in 1997 and they were expecting their first baby in January 2002.

Jennifer will always be remembered for her beautiful contagious smile.

Jennifer L. Howley and Her Unborn Child

In Memory of Kaleen Elizabeth Pezzuti

In Memory of Kaleen Elizabeth Pezzuti

Kaleen Elizabeth Pezzuti was 28 years old and from Fair Haven, New Jersey. Kaleen worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Kaleen's fiance, Matt Grzymalski, also worked at the same firm.

The couple had met as bond brokers at Cantor Fitzgerald and were at work on September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center collapsed.

On the night before, on September 10, Kaleen spoke to one of her best friends and told her, "He's the one."

"We are certainly hoping they were holding hands or hugging or wrapped in each other's arms somehow." Patti Ann Valerio ( Matt's sister).

In Memory of Rosa Maria Feliciano

In Memory of Rosa Maria Feliciano

Rosa Maria Feliciano was 30 years old and from New York, NY. Rosa worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 96th floor in North Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, impacting between the 93rd and 99th floors.

Rosa's husband, Isaac, was at work as a groundskeeper at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Issac watched the World Trade Center burn and collapse.

Isaac was accepting his loss, raising his two daughters as a single parent and struggling to get life back together. His family held a memorial service for Rosa, convinced her remains would never be found. But in January 2002, there was a proper burial at after the medical examiner identified her.

Rosa was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery, beneath a simple headstone. Issac tends her grave as part of his job.

And then in 2005, just before Mother's Day, more of Rosa's remains were identified.

"You start to wonder, why wasn't it me instead of her?" Issac says. "You feel guilty about something you did or didn't do."

In Memory of Stephen Patrick Driscoll

Barry Driscoll with his father Stephen
Barry Driscoll with his father Stephen.

Stephen Patrick Driscoll was 38 years old and from Lake Carmel, New York. Stephen was a police officer for New York City Police Department, Emergency Services Squad 4.

Stephen was one of 23 New York City Police Department officers who died trying to rescue others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

PO Driscoll and many other emergency workers took part in what has been considered the greatest rescue effort in America's history. Steve and his comrades entered the South Tower of the World Trade Center and while performing their duties, they lost their lives when the building came down.

Now aged 25, Barry Driscoll has followed in his selfless father's footsteps and joined the NYPD's ranks, taking his dad's shield number. Barry has been given badge number 17482 and assigned to the 44th Precinct in The Bronx.

In Memory of Sean Paul Rooney

In Memory of Sean Paul Rooney

Sean Paul Rooney was 50 years old and from Stamford, Connecticut. (Born: Buffalo, New York). Sean worked for Aon Corporation on the 98th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

At 9.01am on September 11, 2001, Sean called his wife, Beverly, and left a voice mail message, "Hey Beverly, this is Sean, in case you get this message. There has been an explosion in World Trade One, that's the other building. It looks like a plane struck it. It's on fire at about the 90th floor. And it's, it's - it's horrible. Bye."

At 9.02am Sean called back, "Honey, this is Sean again. Looks like we'll be in this tower for a while." He paused, as a public announcement in the background could be heard. "It's secure here, but..." He stopped again to listen, "if the conditions warrant on your floor you may wish to start an orderly evacuation."

At 9.03am United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.

To get to safety, Sean made his way to the 105th floor of the building, trying to reach the roof, when he became trapped. After Beverly learned about the attacks, she went home and stayed on the phone with Sean, who was her childhood sweetheart, until she heard the tower collapse.

Beverly herself was killed on February 12, 2009 in the crash of Continental flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York. She was traveling to Buffalo for a gathering with her family to mark what would have been Sean's 58th birthday on February 15.

She had met with President Barack Obama just a few days before her death in her role as an advocate for those affected by 9/11.

"She was an inspiration to me and to so many others." President Obama.