NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey resident who survived the World Trade Center attack two years ago was among the 10 people who died when a Staten Island ferry (search) slammed into a pier.
During the terrorist attack, John P. Healy and all of his fellow employees for Kemper Insurance Cos. (search) escaped from the company's offices on the 35th and 36th floors of the trade center, Kemper spokeswoman Linda Kingman said.
The 44-year-old insurance lawyer normally took a later ferry on his way home from midtown Manhattan to Middletown, N.J., but he had extra incentive Wednesday to get home early to his four kids, ages 7 to 13.
"He actually left early to come home for his children, to take his son to a baseball practice," said Alice Armstrong, the sister of Healy's widow, Kathleen.
Also headed to Middletown was Frank Sullivan, 46, an electrician who each workday rode the same early afternoon ferry on his way home to his wife and two children. Once in Staten Island, he would drive to Middletown.
"We're in shock," said Joseph Zaets, the brother of Sullivan's widow.
For Middletown, the ferry accident meant yet another mournful distinction. Thirty-seven residents of the sprawling Monmouth County (search) community were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It was the second heaviest death toll for any community in New Jersey, after Hoboken.
New York City's victims in the ferry accident came from all walks of life — immigrants from Italy and Ecuador, a diplomatic security expert at the United Nations, a chef at a Times Square hotel.
Pio Canini, 52, immigrated from Italy to Staten Island at age 6 and had lived in the same house ever since.
"He was great with his hands," Canini's nephew, Eddie Canini told Newsday. "He did a ton of work on the house he lived in over the years."
A carpenter, Canini gave away his daughter at her wedding Sept. 7. She was still on her honeymoon in Hawaii at the time of the accident.
Darios Marshall, 25, a U.N. security expert, had just moved to Staten Island with his new wife Cindy.
"Right before he got on the ferry, he had spoken to Cindy," his mother, Denise Marshall, of Syracuse, N.Y. told Newsday. "He never made it off alive. Our hearts are just broken."
Guillermo Pagvay, 44, worked as a waiter on Staten Island and was trying to save enough money to bring his wife and daughter from Ecuador.
"He just wanted to bring his wife and daughter to a better life," said his cousin Julio Juco. Pagvay had lived in the United States for 25 years and recently returned from visiting his family.
Renaissance Hotel chef Louis Robinson, 50, loved his daily ferry rides so much that his wife Osserritta gave him a wedding present of a painting depicting the ferry cutting across New York harbor with the World Trade Center towers in the background.
The ferry accident also injured 60 people, among them Paul Esposito, a waiter at a midtown Manhattan restaurant who was going to his Staten Island home. Esposito, 24, lost both his legs below the knees.
On Thursday, his family offered thanks to an anonymous fellow passenger who likely saved his life.
The woman, a nurse with a British accent, applied tourniquets to his legs to stop the bleeding, said the injured man's grandfather, Michael Esposito.
The nurse accompanied Paul to the hospital in the ambulance then disappeared, having only identified herself as "Kerry."
"She saved his life," said Michael Esposito. "He was the very first patient they got in the operating room."