One of the countless "missing person" fliers blanketing New York City on Sept. 11 with grief, and with hope belonged to Kevin Williams, high- school sweetheart and beloved fiancé of Jillian Volk.
The couple, both 24, were high-school sweethearts from Long Island, and had planned to get married last Dec. 1. Williams worked as a bond salesman for Sandler O'Neill, on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center Tower 2. Volk taught school in TriBeCa, in downtown Manhattan.
After Sept. 11, Good Morning America helped Volk travel Manhattan, searching for any sign that Williams had survived.
"Make a right turn, walk straight down Broadway, don't cry, because you're going to make me cry," a worker told Volk and her group. "Make a right turn and walk straight down Broadway until you get to Williams Street."
Volk was convinced that Williams must be alive somewhere.
"He's just got to be somewhere else, like somewhere else, Staten Island or Jersey or in Brooklyn or somewhere," she said.
Gradually, that hoped faded.
"I'm slowly losing faith," Volk said.
Williams was never found. His memorial was held last October.
One year later, Volk walks alone, forever changed, strengthened by the love of family.
"I don't think I'm ever going to be the same Jill," she told Good Morning America. "Just because what I went through, has changed me so drastically that, I have a hole in my heart, and I always will."
'Never Take Life for Granted'
A year later, the mark on her life is indelible.
"Kevin will always, and forever be, the love of my life," she said. "He was the one, I know I was meant to marry, and to live with forever."
What happened on Sept. 11 has taught her an important lesson.
"I never take life for granted." She said. " You know, that's my biggest thing, that I don't want to forget how much you need to love those who are around you, because you don't know how long you have with them."
In August, the sports field at Shoreham-Wading River High School, where Williams played baseball and rooted for the Yankees was re-named after him.
The Williams family has set up the Kevin Williams' Memorial Fund, which helps to fund a sports camp for disadvantaged children who live on Long Island — kids who enjoy a ballgame as much as Kevin did. For more information, contact The Kevin Williams Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 13, Shoreham, N.Y. 11786.