Daughter of 9/11 victim honors her late father

Stacy Paolozii shares memories of her father on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
4:13 | 09/11/20

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Well, now, to the daughter still grieving the father she lost 19 years ago today. And her hopes on this somber anniversary for all Americans. My name is Stacy paolozzi. Every year on 9/11, I remember and celebrate my father Franklin pershep. My father was a executive for aon corporation. His nickname at work was the bagel man, because he would bring bagels to work every Friday. He was a loving father, a very proud grandfather, an amazing husband and a great brother. I was asleep when my mom called. She said that my father had called her and asked her to put on the TV because there was an explosion at the building next door and no one knew what was really happening. I said to my mom, don't worry, as soon as they're safe, they'll evacuate daddy's building and he'll be home early. Her response to me was, you're certainly father's daughter, because that's exactly what he said. We just got a report in that there's been some sort of explosion at the world trade center in New York City. From that moment, I just watched everything unfold live on television. He called mother back twice. Once to tell her that it was an airplane and he was waiting to get out. And once after his building was hit he called and he was above the blast and he said I have to find a way to get myself and my team out of the building, it's filling up with smoke. I'll call you soon. I love you. And that was the last we heard from him. Early in the morning on September 12th, I was able to get a subway into Manhattan and began my search then. The subway crossed over the Brooklyn bridge and I remember looking at the view and the smoke coming up thinking new York City just got its two front teeth knocked out. We are a family that's considered one of the lucky ones because eventually we did have body parts identified and we were able to have a proper I think we had to grieve how he died before we could actually grieve that he died. You know, when you grieve with the whole world watching, there are not a lot of people who understand what that's like. I did want to make sure that he was represented in some way, in one of those ceremonies, and I put my name in the hat and I was lucky enough to be chosen. The way they organize it is amazing. They do a wonderful job with it. Daddy, we miss you and we love you more than words can say. And I know that you're smiling down on us today and every day. I'm going to remember 9/11 my way no matter what. No matter what it's the anniversary of my father's death. We're in a pandemic. I'm an essential worker. I've been out there working in it every single day. You know, not having the lights would have been a bummer. Not having the names would have been a bummer, but they found a way to do it. And it will be nice to see the lights. I usually come home, the last ten years now, and watch the lights from my terrace. It's a beautiful view. He's there with me. But, you know, we have to remember, we've lost a whole lot of people from the pandemic than we had on 9/11. The ceremonies are an important thing and I'm happy that they're going to be continuing. I think that if we keep it -- if we try to keep it top of mind not just on 9/11, maybe we can get back to some sort of unity, like we had back then, when those towers fell, it didn't matter what color your skin was, it didn't matter what religion you were, what matter was that you were an American and you were attacked on your own soil. That's what we need to teach the children. We're all in this together. And that's the lesson that we can learn from this sacrifices made by my father. And all the first responders and all those who went to work and didn't come home. Our thanks to Stacy for that very important reminder in that -- these times. We appreciate it.

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