Mid-air irony: Son of 9/11 victim aids suspect’s attorney

Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA –When an attorney for the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks suddenly collapsed on a recent war court airplane shuttle, only one passenger was equipped to offer emergency care — a young man whose father was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He turned first responder without hesitation.

“I didn’t really do anything super impressive, just obtained vitals and tried to figure out what was going on, and gave oxygen,” said Tufts University senior Robert Mathai, 21, who checked the man’s pulse, talked to him and tended to him for about an hour before landing at Andrews Air Force Base and handing him off to an ambulance crew on Feb. 14. Read More »

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Woman who ferried supplies to WTC in her late 70s dies


Gertraud A. (Trudy) Bopp, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 in NC. Mrs. Bopp was a resident of the River Landing At Sandy Ridge Retirement Community in Colfax, NC and was formerly of Middletown, Little Silver and Tinton Falls, NJ.

Gertraud was born in Coburg, Germany. She came to the United States in 1952 after receiving a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohm-Polytechnikum in Nuernberg, Germany. She was the Assistant Director of Research and later Director of Materials Science for the General Cable Corporation. She later served as a Senior Research Scientist with the Wire and Cable Materials Group of the Union Carbide Corporation. She was awarded a number of U. S. Patents during her career including several together with her late husband, Louis.

Mrs. Bopp was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 22, Red Bank, NJ. Her status was changed to retired in 2013. During the week following the September 11, 2001 attack, she served as a boat crew person, ferrying fireman and equipment to Ground Zero. She was also known for her work producing Over the Bow, a color magazine for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Read More »

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9/11 Memorial campaign underway in SC

Independent Mail 

Walhalla, SC– Seneca-based Schneider Electric has provided the 9/11 Memorial project with its largest single industry-based contribution.

Plant manager Larry Smith and materials manager Rob Brewer recently presented 9/11 committee member Jim Alexander with a check for $5,000, the money coming from the firm’s foundation organization.

“We are pleased to be able to support the 9/11 Memorial through the Schneider Electric Foundation,” Smith said. “This is an important initiative and it gives Schneider an opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way.” Read More »

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