It was not merely, of course, first responders and wolves of Wall Street who suffered the murderous cowardice of the terrorists who flew planes into the World Trade Center on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Thousands of people worked in the Twin Towers every day, in offices and behind desks not terribly different from the one at which I sit every day and, perhaps, not terribly different from yours either. Men and women whose daily action plan mirrored my own: Earn the daily bread necessary to provide for one's family.
Manette Marie Beckles was only forty-three years old when her life was irrevocably interrupted on that terrible Tuesday morning. She was at her desk in the offices of Fiduciary Trust Company International, which offices were located on the 97th floor of the South Tower, when the South Tower was struck by United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:03 a.m. She had been with Fiduciary Trust, as an account processor, since 1998. By all accounts, she was the type of worker whose co-workers loved her, always quick with a kind word, a helping hand, or a consoling shoulder.
She was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. but by the time of her death, she had crossed the river to the Jersey side and become a Jersey Girl, living in Rahway, New Jersey, with her then-fifteen-year-old daughter, Brandice. In the years since her mother's death, Brandice has herself become a mom and has yet remained her mom's babygirl...
Manette Marie Beckles
...paying forward the lessons she learned from her hero to the next generation.