Our Lost Heroes

Read about the great lives of the ones we lost.

VICTOR SARACINI

Captain and Pilot of United Flight 175
Victor J. Saracini was born on August 29, 1950 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to parents Anne and Victor Saracini. He attended local grammar schools, Atlantic City High School, and was a graduate of the New Mexico School of Mining and Technology with a major in biology. He joined the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as an ensign, and in 1976, received his Naval Flight Officer wings in Pensacola, FL. Victor attended graduate school at Louisiana Tech University.

Victor served in the Naval Reserve at Willow Grove, PA from 1980 to 1985 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy "E" Ribbon, and the Expert Marksmanship ribbon. Victor worked as a corporate pilot for Trenton based Johnson & Johnson, and Pennsylvania based Penn Commuter and the former Wings Airways. He joined United Airlines and was the pilot of the United Airlines Flight 175 when it was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Family and colleagues describe Victor as a skilled aviator and meticulous professional who enjoyed playing his guitar, boating, motorcycling, and cooking. He loved to travel and had a thirst for knowledge.

His wife Ellen Saracini and two daughters – Kirsten and Brielle, survive Victor. Ellen has been instrumental in the construction of a memorial Garden of Reflection with a Wall of Remembrance in Newtown, PA. She is a leading advocate for second aviation cockpit barriers.

JOHN O'NEILL

Retired FBI Director of Anti-terrorism and Director of Security at the World Trade Center
John P. O'Neill was born on February 6, 1952 to parents John and Dorothy O'Neill. He attended local grammar schools, Holy Spirit High School, and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. He received a master's degree in forensic science from George Washington University.

John worked as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his college years and following graduation he realized a lifelong dream and became an FBI agent. He worked in foreign counter intelligence, organized crime, and white-collar crime units and became a New York City based Special Agent in Charge with the bureau until late in 2001. He headed the FBI investigation into the terror attacks of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. John was lead investigator in terrorist attacks against the USS Cole in October, 2000 in Aden, Yemen. He was the nation's foremost expert on Osama bin Laden.

John was the subject of a Frontline documentary - The Man Who Knew and was a character in the TV miniseries - The Path to 911, and the 2003 book - The Man Who Warned America, the 2006 book - The Looming Tower, and the 2011 book - The Black Banners.

His wife Christine O'Neill and two children survive John.

PATRICIA CODY

Managing Director of Marsh McLennan
Patricia Cody, age 46, was the daughter of Richard and Jane McGowan. Patricia and her husband Tom were residents of Brigantine, New Jersey. Patricia was a managing director at Marsh & McLennan insurers in New York City and was at a meeting at the World Trade Center North Tower on September 22, 2001.

Patricia was the daughter of a New York City truck driver and helped raise her sister and three brothers. She entered the job market as a secretary and worked her way up through the ranks to become the managing director of one of the world's largest insurance brokerage firms. In addition to managing a successful career and motherhood, Patricia was a student at Fordham University in NYC and was less than a semester from graduation.

Patricia and her husband Tom, also in the insurance industry in New York, were residents of Basking Ridge, New Jersey and maintained a summer home in Brigantine. Six months prior to September 11, 2001, the couple sold their home in Basking Ridge and moved to Brigantine as full time residents. They commuted three hours each way to Manhattan five days a week. Patricia hoped to transfer to her company's Philadelphia office. Patricia is described as a hard worker, an excellent role model for her daughter and other women in her business, and a loving and caring grandmother.

Tom Cody, daughter Beth Natiello, and grandson Johnny survive Patricia.

ANDREW ALAMENO

Bond Trader for Cantor Fitzgerald
Andrew Alameno was born on January 12, 1964 to parents Dr. Carmen and Grace Alameno. He was the youngest of five children with three sisters and one brother. Andrew Alameno's parents lived on Texas Avenue in Atlantic City and were members of St. Michael's parish. Andrew attended grammar school in Wildwood Crest, graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School in 1982, and Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland with a degree in finance. He worked as a lifeguard on the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol during the summers of his high school and college years.

Following college, Andrew relocated to Westfield, NJ to work for the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald as a money-market trader. He worked on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. Andrew survived the WTC terrorist attack in 1993 only to perish on September 11, 2001. He was working when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the WTC North Tower at 8:45 a.m. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. and he was among the hundreds of Cantor Fitzgerald employees who died on the day. By all accounts, Andrew Alameno was a very special man, father, and a really good guy. He loved Elvis, was a scratch golfer and a natural athlete. Andrew was a family man who loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children.

His wife Sally Cohen Alameno and two children - Joseph and Nina Florence survive Andrew as well as his siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. Hi parents, Dr. Carmen and Grace Alameno died shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

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