9/11 Then and Now
If you remember watching any of the news coverage 10 years ago on 9/11, there were some people during that time that we watched on TV. So 10 years later where are they now?
Lisa Beamer (widow of Flight 93 victim)
In the aftermath of 9/11, it seemed Lisa Beamer was everywhere. The blond, 32-year-old mother of two boys exuded a calm and grace despite the fact she had just lost her husband on Flight 93.
Lisa Beamer’s husband, Todd, whose words "Let’s roll" to a telephone operator just before the plane went down near Shanksville, Pa., summed up the can-do bravery of the ordinary men and women who fought back against the terrorists.
After giving birth to her daughter, Morgan, in January 2002, Beamer went on to write "Let’s Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage" – a book about her husband and her struggle to deal with her grief after his death. She later went on to create the Todd M. Beamer Foundation in Princeton, N.J. – an organization designed to help children who had lost their parents in the 9/11 attacks.
Beamer has made very few, if any, public speeches or appearances since 2007.
Some accused her of profiting from the death of her husband in the terrorist attacks with the publication of her book and frequent media appearances.
Howard Lutnick (Cantor Fitzgerald CEO)
The Cantor Fitzgerald CEO lost 658 out of his 960 employees in the 9/11 attacks. No one who was in the company’s offices, occupying floors 101-105 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center survived.
In a twist of fate, Lutnick was not in the office on the morning of the attacks because he was taking his son to his first day of kindergarten.
In the immediate aftermath of the attacks he promised to take on a new mission in life: To take care of the families of his dead employees. Lutnick’s compassionate side appeared to be short-lived, however. On Sept. 15, just four days after the attacks, Lutnick stopped paychecks to all of the employees who had died. The victims’ families were outraged.
By Sept. 19, Lutnick quickly announced a compensation plan to help the victims’ families – the company promised to share 25 percent of profits with families for the next five years -- until Sept. 11, 2006 -- plus 10 years of health insurance.
By all accounts, Lutnick has made good on his promise.
Cantor Fitzgerald is once again a profitable company.
Through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, moreover, the company distributed more than $180 million of its earnings to the families during the five-year period following 9/11 and will continue to provide health insurance to them until Oct. 19, 2011. Cantor also provided the families with access to lawyers to file life insurance claims.
Three firemen with flag at Ground Zero
The photograph is perhaps the most iconic taken at ground zero: In it, three New York City firefighters -- Daniel McWilliams, George Johnson and William "Billy" Eisengrein – stand amid the ruins of the twin towers late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001 to hoist a jerry-rigged American flag.
The image, captured by a staff photographer for The Record in Bergen County, N.J..
Ten days after it was raised, the flag was taken down and brought to Yankee Stadium where it was signed by then-Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with the city’s top fire and police officials. Afterwards, it was reportedly taken to the USS. Theodore Roosevelt – the aircraft carrier that was deployed to launch the initial strikes against al Qaida from the Arabian Sea off Afghanistan.
Nobody knows, however, what happened to the flag after. Some speculate it was stolen.
All three of the firefighters featured in the iconic image are still working for the New York City Fire Department today. They want "nothing to do" with requests from the media.