Every year since September 11, 2001 I’ve mentioned the following people who were victims of the terrorist attacks, in the hope that some of my friends will remember them:
World Trade Center:
- Vito DeLeo, mechanic at World Trade Center, USA Hockey official
- John Eichler, retired executive at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, brother of Joan Aiello
- John Pocher, bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, alumnus of Essex County Chiefs youth hockey program
- Kalyan Sarkar, Port Authority seismic engineer, father of Kishan Sarkar– a Rensselaer alumnus
American Airlines Flight 11:
- J. Nicholas Humber, executive at Enron Wind Corporation, Rensselaer Class of 1963
In 2014, I added two men lost on United Airlines Flight 175:
- Ace Bailey, Los Angeles Kings executive, passenger on United Airlines Flight 175. Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup Champion.
- Mark Bavis, Los Angeles Kings executive, passenger on United Airlines Flight 175. Former college hockey player.
In addition, please remember the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the 23 members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the 37 member of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day.
When you do this, note that all of these people are now famous for how they died, instead of how they lived.