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In Memoriam

By Matthew Harwood and Ann Longmore-Etheridge

Today marks the sixth anniversary of September, 11, 2001. On that crystal clear morning, 2,998 people perished due to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a downed plane on a stretch of land in Pennsylvania.

Five of the victims were members of ASIS International. Each died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

They were:

James Corrigan, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

James Corrigan was employed by Silverstein Properties, Inc., since 1995.  The company gained control of the 10.6 million-square-foot World Trade Center complex in July. Corrigan was security and fire safety director for 7 World Trade Center, the 2 million-square-foot, 47-story companion building that collapsed late in the afternoon on September 11. Among that building’s tenants were Salomon Smith Barney, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Secret Service, and American Express.

Corrigan joined ASIS in February 2000, and was a member of the New York City Chapter. He was a resident of Little Neck, New York.

Ronald G. Hoerner, Summit Security Services, Inc.

 Hoerner was resident manager of Summit Security Services, Inc.’s World Trade Center facility, responsible for all operations, investigations, and administration. Summit served as the security contractor for the World Trade Center from 1996 onward. The company provided guard services to the complex under the supervision of the Port Authority of the States of New York and New Jersey. Summit had assigned approximately 425 security personnel to the complex, all overseen by Hoerner.

Hoerner was a member of the Long Island Chapter who joined ASIS in March 1998, as well as a New York State-certified crime prevention professional and a member of the New York State Police Investigators Association. He was a resident of Massapequa Park, New York.

Douglas G. Karpiloff, CPP, Port Authority of New York City

 Douglas G. Karpiloff, CPP, worked for the Port Authority as security and life safety director for the World Trade Center. He had responsibility for both the World Trade Center’s interim and permanent security programs and was in charge of all operational life safety and security for the complex, including overall direction of visitors’ desks, security control centers, fire command systems, and more than 250 officers.

Karpiloff was named Access Control and Security Systems magazine’s Security Director of the Year in 2000. Among the accomplishments he was cited for was creating a security program that became a model for others worldwide. 

Karpiloff was also a teacher, a sought-after speaker, and a member of the ASIS Council on Physical Security.

Karpiloff became a CPP in 1995. In 1996, he was asked by the Federal Protection Service in Washington, D.C., to conduct a threat assessment and create a security master plan for the Ronald Reagan Building and worked with the Building Owners and Managers Association to help secure buildings close to Denver’s federal courthouse during the Timothy McVeigh trial.

Karpiloff had previously been general manager of tenant services at the World Trade Center and held several security-related positions with the Port Authority. He was a member of the New York City Chapter and a resident of Mamaroneck, New York.

According to Charlie R. Pierce, who served with Karpiloff on the Physical Security Council, it is believed that “[Karpiloff] was last seen charging back into the building to assist a fireman as the weakened and tortured structure collapsed in and upon itself. This selfless action...would have been considered to be normal procedure to him.”

John P. O'Neil, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

 “I think interesting times lie ahead,” John P. O’Neill, a noted FBI expert on counterterrorism, told members of the National Strategy Forum in 1997. “Unfortunately, I cannot predict that no Americans will be injured or killed as a result of a terrorist attack.”

At age 50, O’Neill himself became a victim of terrorism. He had recently retired from his position as special agent in charge of the Bureau’s New York office to join Silverstein Properties. September 11 was O’Neill’s second day on the job as head of security.

O’Neill was reportedly last seen entering Tower Two to assist in the evacuation after the second airliner struck it. He was apparently inside when the buildings imploded. His body was later recovered by rescuers.

During his career with the FBI, O’Neill headed investigations of the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen. Ironically, he also helped investigate the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and spent several years investigating Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden, who is believed to have masterminded the attack that cost O’Neill his life.

O’Neill joined ASIS in February of 2001and was a member of the New York City Chapter. He was a resident of New York City.

Richard Rescorla, CPP, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

 Richard Rescorla, CPP, age 62, was first vice president of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Rescorla was among those singled out for his heroism during the America: A Tribute to Heroes broadcast, on 35 U.S. cable networks, the Internet, and 8,000 radio stations nationwide and seen by nearly 60 million TV viewers. Actor Robin Williams recounted Rescorla’s bravery during the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 when he helped evacuate thousands of frightened and injured people. On September 11, Williams said, Rescorla sang in an attempt to raise spirits and lessen panic as he organized the evacuation of the company’s nearly 4,000 employees from the offices high in the South Tower.

The British Broadcasting Service (BBC) quoted Bob Sloss, managing director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, as having last seen Rescorla on the 10th floor of the tower ushering people to safety. “He was definitely there well after it was established that the building was in trouble,” Sloss said. “He was seen by many people and was singing to them to ease the panic.” The BBC also reported that Rescorla phoned his wife Susan during the evacuation and said: “If anything happens to me, I want you to know you made my life."

Rescorla was a native of Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom, who came to the United States as a young man. He fought in the Vietnam War and won a Silver Star for bravery. Rescorla was previously employed with Continental Bank of Chicago as director of security and with the Bank Administration Institute as vice president of security.

Rescorla joined the Society in June 1999 as a member of the Northern New Jersey Chapter and became a CPP in May 2000. He was a resident of Morristown, New Jersey.

Outside ASIS International headquarters sits a memorial to those security professionals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The tribute reads:

In honor and memory of our colleagues in the security profession whose lives were lost in the performance of their duty on September 11 in New York, and all others who have been called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, ASIS International values the courage and commitment of the following individuals.

Patrick Adams Samuel Fields Daniel Lugo
Godwin Ajala John R. Fisher Robert Martinez
Andrew J. Bailey Godwin Forde Stanley McCaskill
Francisco Bourdier Ervin Gailliard Jorge Morron
Larry Bowman Ronald G. Hoerner John P. O'Neil
Edward Calderon Lamar Hulse Alexander Ortiz
Mannie Leroy Clark Mohammed Jawara Richard Rescorla, CPP
Denny Conley Charles Gregory John Esmerlin Salcedo
James Corrigan Douglas G. Karpiloff, CPP Nolbert Salomon
Francisco Cruz, Sr. Howard Kirschbaum Francis Joseph Trombino
Titus Davidson Charles Laurencin

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