Thursday, September 8, 2016

Never Known, Not Forgotten

James Gartenberg arrived at his office on the 86th floor at 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower) on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at or about 8:00 am.  He was packing up his office in preparation for a move to Midtown Manhattan.  At 8:46 am, American Airlines Flight 11 was deliberately flown into the northern facade of the North Tower, impacting the building between the 93rd and 95th floors.     

The move that Mr. Gartenberg intended to make that morning - the one for which he had begun to pack - was one that he never completed. Although the jet impacted the North Tower eight floors above his floor, the impact caused walls on the 86th floor to collapse, which prevented Mr. Gartenberg and one of his co-workers, Patricia Puma, from being able to get from the east side of the floor to the west side and to a stairwell.  

As a result, he never had the pleasure of meeting his daughter, Jamie, with whom Jim's wife, Jill, was approximately three months pregnant.  His daughter (the younger of the two daughters he and Jill had together) is entering high school this year.  Although Jamie never met her dad, her mother and her big sister, Nicole, have ensured that she has gotten to know him over the course of these past fifteen years.  Her mom says that in Jamie she sees Jim - not merely because her daughter shares some of her father's physical characteristics but, more importantly, because she shares his sense of humor and his big heart...


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