February 23, 2024

   Gordon McCannel “Gordy” Aamoth Jr. passed away in the trade center due to the attack on 9/11/2001. Gordy was born at the Eglin Air Force Base in Walton Beach, California. Growing up Aamoth was very athletic and loved playing hockey and football during his highschool experience. After highschool he received a Bachelor’s Degree at Babson College located in Wellesley, Mass.

   Before the attack occurred, Aamoth was a fan of golf and had a membership to the Creek Club in Locust Valley in New York City. The day before the attack, he completed a deal with an investment banker at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, which was going to be announced Sept. 11, 2001 at the firm’s World Trade Center office. Aamoth was 32-years-old when the attack occurred. Aamoth loved the city of New York even though his family did not live close.

   He was the life of the party according to his family, after Aamoth was pronounced missing and pronounced dead in the World Trade Center World Attack on 9/11. Gordy is one of the 2,977 fatalities, 25,000 injured, and billions affected due to the terrorist attack. The memory of Aamoth is cherished and lives on.

Robert Colin

   Robert Colin was born on Mar. 31,1952 in Pennsylvania. Colin graduated from a college in New York in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation. He married his wife shortly after graduating and the couple stayed in New York, later having two sons. He was an avid sketcher and painter. He shared his work that he created in his freetime with his friends and family.

   He worked in one of the twin towers on the 92 floor and was there when the attack hit. Colin worked for an insurance company making phone calls and writing letters. People who received calls or letters in the past from Colin, made comments about how kind and caring he was, even through business.

   Colins remains were found weeks after the attack and he was then cremated. Shortly after his remains were found, his father passed away. His widowed wife grieved along with her two sons while the boys witnessed the burying of both their father and grandfather.

   Friends and family described Colin as a peaceful and kind man. Multiple people Colin had worked the tower, wrote messages on his obituary. All describing him as a great co-worker and how grateful they were to have worked with him.

The Falling Man

   In the midst of the unimaginable tragedy that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, one image emerged as an enduring symbol of the horror and desperation faced by those trapped in the World Trade Center towers. “The Falling Man,” as he came to be known, is an indelible reminder of the human cost of that fateful day.

   The photograph, captured by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew, depicts an unidentified man in freefall from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Arms outstretched, his body appears to be in a graceful dive, but the context is hauntingly clear – he is plummeting to his death. Published in numerous newspapers and magazines, “The Falling Man” became a potent and controversial emblem of the 9/11 attacks.

   The identity of the Falling Man remains unknown, as do the circumstances that led him to make the harrowing decision to jump from the burning skyscraper. Some believe he might have been forced to choose between facing the unbearable heat and smoke inside or taking the unimaginable leap to escape the flames.

   For years, the image sparked debates about the ethics of displaying such a tragic moment in history. Some argued that it was too graphic, too distressing to be shown. Others contended that it was crucial to confront the stark reality of the attacks, to remember the lives lost and the choices people were forced to make in their final moments.

   “The Falling Man” is a powerful reminder of the countless individuals who faced impossible choices that day, and it continues to evoke strong emotions and contemplation. It underscores the resilience and sacrifice of those caught in the midst of the 9/11 tragedy and serves as a testament to the enduring impact of that dark day in American history. In the face of such horror, the image of the Falling Man compels us never to forget the profound human toll of September 11, 2001.

Scott Davidson

   Pete Davidson’s father, Scott Davidson, played a significant role in shaping the comedian and actor’s life, although tragically, his influence was marred by personal struggles and a heartbreaking loss. Scott Davidson was a firefighter in New York City, a profession that often requires tremendous courage and selflessness. This brave career choice had a profound impact on Pete’s upbringing, instilling values of bravery, community service, and resilience from a young age.

   Tragically, Scott Davidson’s life was cut short during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was one of the many first responders who heroically rushed into the towers to save lives, but sadly, he did not make it out. This profound loss left a lasting scar on Pete, who was just seven years old at the time.

   The tragedy of losing his father in such a catastrophic event undoubtedly influenced Pete’s sense of humor, which often leans towards dark and self-deprecating themes. He has used comedy as a coping mechanism to deal with the immense grief and trauma of losing his father in such a public and devastating way.

   Scott Davidson’s memory lives on not only through his son but also in the hearts of those who honor the brave sacrifices made by first responders on that fateful day. Pete Davidson’s journey in the world of comedy and entertainment is a testament to his resilience and ability to turn personal tragedy into a source of strength, making his father’s memory an enduring part of his life and career.

Sophia Addo

     Sophia Addo was born Feb. 18, and was just 36 years old when she passed away in the 9-11 attack. She left behind a husband, whom she was married to for 15 months, and a young daughter, Roberta. Roberta comments on her mother’s obituary several times a year and has since she passed. 

   Like many immigrants, the American Dream brought Sophia Addo to the United States. Immigration was not easy, but she eventually managed to obtain the necessary paperwork and requirements and settled in Bronx, New York. A school teacher from Guana, her goal was to further her education so she could continue to teach or become a nurse, but she never received the opportunity.

    She was employed at a restaurant called Windows on the World, which was located on floor 107 on the First Twin Tower. Addo was a housekeeper there, working on her English while she waited to take all of her education admittance exams. 

   She had passed an oral exam and was biding her time until she could take the writing portion. On September 11, 2001, the wait was almost over. She had set her exam date to take the oral test for the next day. She was never able to take that test though. She was washing windows when the first plane crashed into the tower.

   Being on one of the topmost floors, she was not able to exit the building in time and died with hundreds of others. Addo had a bright future ahead of her, not only young, but she was painstakingly close to gaining the education she so desired.