Sunday, September 10, 2006
I Remember Louis F. Aversano Jr
Five years on, moss grows fast on a rolling stone. Here I sit in front of a monitor pitifully typing out inadequate words trying to honor such a wonderful person whom I never got the chance to meet and I am a poorer person for not doing so.
What I read of Louis F. Aversano makes me think of him as the person every American strives to be. A person of strength, a great sense of humor, and compassion. Someone who knows family and friends are important. And even gentleness as I read how he doted on five fish in an aquarium, talking to them as if they were more of his children.
The morning of September 11th, 2001 found Louis at his normal place of work, just another day starting at 6a.m. His office being on the 94th floor of World Trade Center Tower Two, the south tower where he worked for Aon Corporation as Director of Operations Support-Risk Services. Louis had been working for Aon for 8 years, ever since he was downsized at his previous employment. It was his youngest daughter Lisa, who worked at Aon as an account executive, that got him to apply at Aon. And it was two weeks prior to 9/11/2001, at the urging of her father to move on with her life, that Lisa left Aon for a job a few blocks away on John Street. And that was where each was when the first plane struck the north tower.
The plane to strike the south tower impacted between the 75th and 84th floors. All the stairways were severed in the central core trapping people where they were. All elevators except one was disabled and that elevator only went to the 16th floor. All that is known about Louis's last moments is he called Lisa after the first plane struck and told her he was evacuating. That was the last time Lisa talked with her father.
Louis F. Aversano Jr was born on February 14, 1943 in Brooklyn. He died September 11th, 2001 when tower two collapsed 47 minutes after impact at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife Doris, three daughters, one son, three grandchildren, and five fish.
I remember Louis F. Aversano, Jr. and so does the city of New York which named a street after him, the Louis F. Aversano, Jr. Way in the borough of Staten Island in 2002.