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Title: AFE Relief Fund In Memory of WTC FACILITIES PERSONNEL

AFE Relief FundIn Memory of WTCFACILITIES
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AFE Relief FundRecipient Profiles
  • Opportunity Perceived
  • When the World Trade Center became a part of
    Manhattan's jagged skyline in 1973, Angelo
    Amaranto saw opportunity. He left his job as a
    janitor at the Nasdaq and went to work at the
    twin towers in the same capacity. "He told me the
    pay was better and if they took him, he would
    have to work nights for a little while," said his
    wife, Maria. "He said it was worth it because it
    was a better building. He switched to days after
    two years or so. He loved those buildings."
  • Mr. Amaranto, 60, of Borough Park, Brooklyn,
    worked on the 87th, 89th and 91st floors of 2
    World Trade Center, said his daughter, Rosanna. A
    native of Salerno, a city in southern Italy, Mr.
    Amaranto loved to provide for his family. He had
    three grown children. "He showed his love through
    work and buying gifts," said his daughter, who
    lives upstairs in the family's house. "He loved
    to buy apple juice for the kids and sometimes he
    would call one of my nieces to put it away.
    Sara, I have a job for you.' I keep waiting to
    for him to walk in the door and say that."

  • Keeping Track of Leo
  • Every afternoon, Angelo Amaranto would arrive
    home in Borough Park, Brooklyn, from his job in
    the maintenance department at the World Trade
    Center, grab a cup of espresso, and park himself
    in front of the television. Mr. Amaranto, 60, was
    crazy about his cable TV, particularly the
    Italian news program and, on competing channels,
    the daily astrology reports he surfed between
    the two shows, looking for the most positive spin
    on Leo the lion.
  • "I always made fun of him for watching that
    horoscope stuff," said Maria, his wife of 39
    years, "but he loved it." He also loved the job
    he held for 31 years their shared hometown,
    Salerno, Italy and her. He moved to New York in
    1955 but went back to Salerno to marry Maria in
    1962. They have three children, and thanks to
    them, three grandchildren whom he delighted in
    spoiling with toys and Disney videos. A bargain
    hunter, Mr. Amaranto did much of the grocery
    shopping, but he left the marinara sauce to his
    wife. "Angelo loved to eat," she said. "Angelo
    loved life. I don't know what we're going to do
    without him."

  • Roko Camaj Working Atop the World
  • Roko Camaj had a job few would envy window
    washer at the World Trade Center. Several times a
    year, suspended 1,300 feet above earth, he and
    his partner would suds up the 107th floor
    windows, the highest windows on the building and
    too wide for the building's automated
    window-washing system. The rest of the year, he
    operated the machines that crawled down the side
    of the buildings. ''He wasn't scared of
    anything,'' said his brother, Kole Camaj. ''He
    had no fear.'' For years, Roko's wife thought he
    washed only window interiors, until she saw a
    newspaper account of his job. When she learned
    the truth, Kole Camaj said, she was furious. Roko
    would remind her how safe his job was, that the
    basket and his harness were both well tethered to
    the building. His son, Vincent, said his father
    loved his job and considered it an escape. ''He'd
    always say, 'It was me and the sky up here. I
    bother no one, and no one bothers me.' ''
  • Last Monday, Roko, 60, an Albanian immigrant,
    returned home from a vacation to Montenegro, a
    birthday present from his daughter. All five
    Camaj brothers, most of them scattered around the
    globe, had taken the voyage together. ''It was a
    great pleasure,'' Kole Camaj said. ''Everyone was
    so happy.''
  • .

  • Feeling Maine's Glow
  • James Audiffred was nutty over lighthouses. And
    not just any lighthouse. Again and again, he was
    drawn to the lighthouses of Maine. He studied
    their history and their architecture. In July, he
    packed his wife, his son and his sister-in- law's
    family into a rented minivan and took them to see
    the Cape Elizabeth Light, a majestic 67-foot
    lighthouse south of Portland. With childlike
    delight, he made everybody pose for pictures.
  • "My sister's oldest thought it was a little
    boring, but he didn't care," Robin Audiffred said
    of her husband. "He was having a ball."
  • The other day, Mrs. Audiffred received a check
    for 12,313 from Dennett's Wharf, a lobster
    restaurant in Castine, Me. The owners, Carolyn
    and Gary Brouillard, have been collecting dollars
    from customers for 11 years. Each time someone
    asked how they ended up with so much money taped
    to the ceiling, Mr. Brouillard would reply, "All
    you need to do is give me a dollar and I'll be
    more than happy to show you."
  • Carolyn Brouillard decided the money should go to
    a victim who was not in the limelight. On the
    Internet, she read a posting about Mr. Audiffred,
    38, a World Trade Center elevator operator from
    Brooklyn who took tourists up to Windows of the
  • They had no idea that Mr. Audiffred was in love
    with Maine lighthouses not to mention Maine
  • "A total surprise," Mr. Brouillard said. "A total

Vito Deleo
  • Never Surrender'
  • Vito DeLeo was in court in March 1994 when four
    defendants were convicted in the 1993 bombing of
    the World Trade Center.
  • A trade center mechanic who had grudgingly worn a
    hearing aid since the explosion, Mr. DeLeo had
    been fixated by the trial. He plastered his
    office with clippings about the case. When the
    verdict came, he rushed to meet his wife, Sally
    Ann, to have a vodka on the rocks in celebration,
    he said in an interview with The New York Times
    at the time.
  • "I had chills coming down my body when I heard
    it," he said. "For my colleagues who are
    deceased We can't bring you back, but I hope
    now that your souls will rest in peace. Never
    surrender.' "
  • Mr. DeLeo, 42, who was 150 feet from the
    explosion in 1993, was partly deafened by the
    blast. Nonetheless, he helped dozens of people
    escape from the building, said his cousin Helen
    Potenzano. Witnesses told the family that Mr.
    DeLeo, a father of two, was back at it again on
    Sept. 11. "He was a hero twice," Ms. Potenzano

Simon Dedvukaj Son of Albanian Tradition
  • Simon Dedvukaj, his seven brothers and sisters
    agree, was the good son. When his siblings had
    questions about Albanian history, he was the
    encyclopedia they turned to. As a 13-year-old he
    sat for hours with his grandfather learning about
    all things Albanian, while his brothers played
    pool downstairs. Although he was born and raised
    in New York, he remained close to Albania and its
  • "He was Old World in many ways," said his
    brother-in-law, Joey Vukaj. "Take the way he
    honored guests. If a visitor was at Simon's
    house, even for six hours, Simon would stand the
    whole time."
  • "But," Mr. Vukaj continued, "he was New World in
    the way he honored children." Mr. Dedvukaj, 26,
    who supervised maintenance workers at the World
    Trade Center, skimped on himself to take his
    nieces and nephews to McDonald's and to buy them
    lavish Christmas presents.
  • "He dressed very mediocre so he could spend his
    money on other people," Mr. Vukaj said. "He'd
    spend just 30 on sneakers for himself and then
    he'd spend 200 on sneakers for his nieces and
  • Two years ago, Mr. Vukaj and his wife, Donna, Mr.
    Dedvukaj's oldest sister, went to a cousin's
    wedding in Albania. "There was this gorgeous girl
    there," Mr. Vukaj said. "When we went home we
    told Simon, We met the girl for you.'" Mr.
    Dedvukaj soon went to Albania to meet her, and it
    was love at first sight. And soon his wife-to-be,
    Elizabeth, moved to the United States. They would
    have celebrated their first anniversary this past
  • "She was brought to a new world," said Nik
    Dedvukaj, Simon's brother. "And then she was hit
    by something like this. It's crazy."

  • Bus Ride to Romance
  • Benilda Domingo was heading home to Laoag City in
    the Philippines from Manila after two years of
    menial work in Singapore. Relatives introduced
    her to the bus driver, Cefar Gabriel. While she
    had been working abroad, one of her brothers had
    married one of Mr. Gabriel's sisters. By the end
    of the nine-hour bus trip, they were in love.
  • The couple had three children Daryl, 11,
    Yvonne, 5, and Lucki Angel, 2. But for 14 years
    they kept postponing their wedding, said Dorothy
    Gabriel, Ms. Domingo's sister- in-law, because
    Ms. Domingo's parents, living in Hawaii with
    their eldest son, were petitioning United States
    authorities to allow Ms. Domingo to immigrate,
    and a spouse would have slowed the process.
  • Last year Ms. Domingo's visa finally came
    through, and she brought the three children to
    America. She planned to return to Laoag City to
    marry Mr. Gabriel and to bring him over, too.
  • She left the two younger children with her
    parents in Hawaii, and took the oldest with her
    to New York.
  • Ms. Domingo, 37, found work with an
    office-cleaning company. "She was so proud that
    she was hired at the W.T.C.," her sister- in-law
    recalled by telephone from Canada.
  • Now Mr. Gabriel, still a bus driver in the
    Philippines, is even more desperate to come to
    New York. "He was so devastated," Ms. Gabriel
    said. "He wants to come to see the place where it
    happened, and just to be with his kids."

  • His workmates often called him Jambalaya because
    his Albanian last name was so hard to pronounce.
    Mon Gjonbalaj (pronounced JAHN-buh- lie) liked
    the Cajun nickname even though he was always
    proud of his Albanian roots.
  • He was a janitor at the World Trade Center and he
    loved the camaraderie, often showing up an hour
    before work started to chat with friends.
  • "He was supposed to retire last year," said his
    son Sal. "He was going to turn 66 on Oct. 31, but
    he wanted to continue working. He was so attached
    to that building. He didn't want to let go. It
    was his second home."
  • Mr. Gjonbalaj stuck close to his family in New
    York and in Europe. He lived with his three sons
    in a three-family house in the Bronx, while his
    daughter worked as a translator for NATO forces
    in Kosovo. Last year, he went to Kosovo to help
    his brother rebuild a house destroyed in the war
  • After the twin towers were attacked, Sal said,
    his father called home and said, "I'm trapped. I
    don't think I'm going to see you guys again. Keep
    the family together. Be strong."

MON GJONBALAJ Keep the Family Together'
Leon Lebor
  • Universal Sign for Laughs
  • He was deaf, but Leon Lebor certainly got to see
    the world. Born in London, he moved to New York
    and worked as a furrier. Then he moved to
    Jerusalem, where he was a florist at the King
    David Hotel. Having problems signing in Hebrew,
    he returned to New York and became a janitor at
    the World Trade Center.
  • "He managed to live his own life and take care of
    himself," said his brother, David.
  • Mr. Lebor, 51, was one of the most popular
    janitors at the trade center. He was known for
    telling jokes and making hilarious faces that
    rivaled Emmett Kelly's.
  • "He loved what he did, and the tenants loved him
    because he did what he had to do and then some,"
    said Frances Ramirez, a former supervisor. "He
    worked very hard and he took pride in it. He just
    loved to make friends."

Anthony Luparello
  • Lunch and a Phone Call
  • For the 14 years that he was a maintenance worker
    at Aon, Anthony Luparello called his wife,
    Geraldine, every day at 145 p.m., the end of his
    lunch break. "Just to let me know what's going
    on," Mrs. Luparello said. " What are we getting
    for dinner? What did you do? Who did you hear
    from?' "
  • And when the evening buses got him home to
    Corona, Queens, later than usual, he would be
    very upset. "He felt it was his time home to be
    with me, and he shouldn't be sitting on a stupid
    bus," she said. "I would tell him, What's the
    matter that you are home late? You came home
    safe.' "
  • Mr. Luparello, 62, was equally serious about his
    work. Every morning, he got up at 330 to start
    work at 6 a.m. "He'd rather be half an hour early
    than be stuck in traffic," his wife said. "He
    would never take a day off. Headache, flu, cold,
    you name it. He went to work.
  • "I would ask him, Tony, is the tower going to
    fall without you?' It was just a joke. But you
    know, it came down with him."

Manny Molina
  • A janitorial worker. Survived by his son.
  • 32 years old at time of WTC tragedy.

  • With Her Son Again
  • In her native Colombia, Sonia Ortiz was forced to
    work as a seamstress from an early age. After she
    immigrated to the United States in 1971, she
    landed a job as a janitor at the World Trade
    Center and eventually was promoted to run the
    freight elevator serving Windows on the World.
  • With her earnings, she bought a tidy two- story
    brick house in Flushing, Queens, that she filled
    with fanciful knicknacks, including place mats
    with pictures of cherubs, and porcelain figurines
    of fairy tale characters. "Everything we have
    today is because of her," said her son, Victor.
  • In the photograph that her children have posted
    on bulletin boards of the missing, Mrs. Ortiz is
    dressed demurely in her work outfit -- white
    blouse and black bow tie -- and is holding a
    Spanish-language book about life after death. Her
    children said she became fascinated with that
    subject after her son, Wilson, died of a brain
    aneurysm nine years ago, at 26.
  • "She was absolutely convinced there is a God and
    an afterlife," said her daughter, Alexa Ortiz.
    "She always said she wanted to be up there with
    my brother. If there's any comfort, it's knowing
    that she's with him now."

Joseph Piskaldo
  • Worked as a Structural Carpenter
  • Husband to Rosemary.
  • 48 years of age at time of WTC tragedy.

  • Daughters' Dream Vacation
  • When Vishnoo Ramsaroop moved from Trinidad to New
    York 17 years ago, he roamed excitedly around
    Manhattan his first week here, and when he
    visited the twin towers, he fell in love with
    their size and majesty.
  • "So he told himself he wished he could get a job
    in the World Trade Center," said his brother
    Sahadeo. "So he went down there the next week,
    and he got a job there. He just liked the
    building. He never worked nowhere else in
    America, not even one hour."
  • Mr. Ramsaroop, 45, helped run the towers'
    elevators, and when his brother visited, he
    unfailingly took him to the top to proudly show
    the view. He felt compelled to work six days a
    week to support his eight daughters and
  • One of his happiest times came in August when he
    took a week of vacation. On successive days, he
    took his daughters Tiffany, 8, and Ashley, 5, to
    Great Adventure, the Bronx Zoo, the New York
    Aquarium and, on one day, not just one movie, but
  • "The day they went to the movies, they came home
    very late and I was very worried," said his wife,
    Shrimatti. "I got a little angry at him, but the
    girls were so happy. They said, Guess what,
    Mommy! Daddy sneaked us into a second movie. We
    had so much fun.'

Fabian Soto
Vanavah Thompson
  • Janitorial worker from the Bronx.
  • Just 26 at time of the WTC tragedy.

John White
  • Janitorial employee. Survived by his wife and
  • 48 years old at time of WTC tragedy.

David Williams
  • Engineering employeesurvived by wife, two
    children and mother.

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