We are a community of over 3000 family members who have lost loved ones, 9/11 survivors, first responders, and those sick from exposure to Ground Zero.
These are a few of our stories.
On February 26, 1993, Kathy’s husband Peter Owens was working as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. That day, when the building was bombed, it took Peter all day to walk down the smoked-filled stairs. Eight years later, on September 11th, 2001 Peter was still at Cantor, now on the 104th floor. This time however, there was no escaping. Peter Owens was 42 years old. Kathy and Peter have three children. He spent his free-time coaching them in sports, gardening and fly fishing. Sixteen years later, there are now 3 beautiful, hilarious grandchildren who he will never know. He’s missing everything and that is why it’s not acceptable that after 17 years our own government continues to withhold who financed the September 11th attacks.
On September 11, 2001, Sharon Premoli was sitting at her desk on the 80th floor of the North Tower at Beast Financial Systems when AA Flight 11 plunged into the building. By 9:59am, she and her colleagues were close to exiting in #5 when the South Tower collapsed, breaking through the external plate glass window at exactly where she was standing. The force of the collapse lifted her up into the air, propelling her into the internal Citibank or Borders Book Store plate glass window. By a miracle, two firefighters and a NYC police officer were trapped with them with equipment and oxygen. "Were it not for these brave men, we would have probably perished" - Sharon Premoli, 2018
Brett Eagleson’s father Bruce Eagleson worked for The Westfield Group, managing retail stores at the World Trade Center. Bruce was in a meeting on the 17th floor of the South Tower when the first plane hit the North Tower. Brett’s brother Kyle was able to speak with their father on his cellphone after both buildings had been hit. Bruce reassured Kyle that he was ok and wanted to make sure all 12 of his employees got out safely. Bruce was last seen by one of his colleagues walking up the stairs of the burning South Tower to ensure his office was clear and to grab portable two-way radios to give to the FDNY to help them communicate. All 12 of Bruce’s colleagues made it out alive.
When AA Flight 11 plowed into the North Tower, Tim Frolich was at his desk at Fuji Bank on the 80th Floor of the South Tower. Like so many other employees and friends in the towers, he was completely unaware of what had just happened.
Here’s how Tim describes his 9/11 experience: “Little did anyone know this one incident was actually the beginning of an attack on our security, freedoms, beliefs, and most importantly, on the United States of America.
Jay S. Winuk is the brother of Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped evacuate his nearby law offices and then raced into the South Tower to save lives. He died when the South Tower collapsed. Glenn similarly responded when the WTC was bombed in 1993. He is a posthumous recipient of the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor from President Obama and Attorney General Holder, and is likely the first non-FDNY member to be inducted into the FDNY Honor Legion. The Firefighters Memorial Wall across from Ground Zero was largely funded by Glenn’s law firm, Holland & Knight, in honor of Glenn and all firefighters, and is visited by millions of people each year.
To honor his late brother, Jay co-founded and serves as executive vice president of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit organization which began and continues to lead the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 9/11 Day, federally designated as such by the U.S. Congress and President Obama in 2009. 9/11 Day is now the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. Each year on September 11 tens of millions of Americans mark the anniversary by doing good deeds and other charitable acts in honor of those killed and injured on 9/11 and those who rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks. In this capacity, Jay is one of the nation’s leading voices about volunteerism and community service. He is a frequent public speaker and source to media outlets throughout the world on a wide variety of topics related to the events of 9/11.
Alice Hoagland was a passionate leader in the 9/11 community on airline safety and the mother of 9/11 victim and Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, who along with the other brave passengers of United Flight 93, stormed the cockpit and fought with terrorists for control of the hijacked aircraft. Although Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA, killing all aboard, the efforts of Mark and others heroically prevented the terrorists from striking intended targets in Washington DC. Alice passed away on December 22, 2020.