Sean Rooney worked for Aon on the 98th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. After United Airlines Flight 175 struck the tower about twenty floors below him, Sean tried to make his way to the roof. As he searched for an escape route, he called his wife, Beverly.

Beverly came to StoryCorps to remember their final conversation.

Beverly went on to become an advocate for families affected by September 11. She died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in 2009. She was traveling to Buffalo to award a scholarship in Sean’s name.

Recorded November 19, 2006.