Martin Correa and Helman Correa
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When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life.
They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant.
At StoryCorps, Richie remembered the woman who was his love and inspiration.
Click here to watch the Peabody-award winning animated short about Richie and Karen, “She Was the One.”
Originally aired September 9, 2005 on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Photo courtesy of Richie Pecorella.
Jefferson Crowther and Alison Crowther
On September 11th 2001, a man with a red bandana made his way up and down the South Tower of the World Trade Center three times, helping at least 18 people get out of the building.
His name was Welles Remy Crowther (pictured left), a 24-year-old equities trader for Sandler O’Neill and Partner on the 104th floor. Like his dad, he was a volunteer fireman and he dreamed of one day joining the fire department.
Welles’ body was recovered on March 19, 2002 on the ground floor lobby, right beside the FDNY’s control center. His last contact with his parents was a voicemail he left for his mother, “Mom, this is Welles. I want you to know that I’m ok.”
His parents, Alison and Jefferson Crowther, came to StoryCorps to remember their son.
Originally aired July 25, 2005 on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.
Elaine Leinung and John Leinung
Paul Battaglia left early for work on September 11, 2001.
The 22-year-old Brooklyn native worked for Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. From his office on the 100th floor of Tower 1, he had a spectacular view of his home borough.
It would be the last time his family saw him.
His parents, Elaine and John (pictured in the player above) came to StoryCorps to remember Paul (pictured at left), and what he meant to their family.
Originally aired July 12, 2005 on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Grete Meerholz and Keith Meerholz
Keith Meerholz escaped from the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001.
But when his wife, Grete, first heard about the attacks, she didn’t know whether or not Keith had made it out.
At StoryCorps, they talked about the moment she learned he was safe, and how the experience has changed them.
Originally aired July 25, 2004 on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.
Danny Perasa and Phyllis Johnson
Phyllis Johnson, known as PJ, went from New York City Police Department clerk to beat cop.
She was on the force on September 11, 2001. In the months that followed, she was assigned to search the Staten Island landfill for items to identify those lost in the World Trade Center attacks.
PJ came to StoryCorps with her friend, Danny Perasa, to talk about her first and last days on the force.
Originally aired December 18, 2007 on NPR’s News & Notes.