This post is part of the 2996 project, put together by D. Challener Roe, "Dale", who wanted to find a way to honor all the ordinary (really, extraordinary) Americans who went to work the morning of 9/11/01 and never returned home. Dale describes the project:
2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers
will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.
We will honor them by remembering their lives,
and not by remembering their murderers.
I pay tribute to Daniel Thomas Afflitto, a young man just beginning a family, bright, successful, funny, and in love with his life.
Daniel Thomas Afflitto was a 32 year old partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was working on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center North Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was a bond trader, and as with most bond traders, was driven and extremely hard working. Many of the comments left about him on various sites commented on his good nature and wonderful sense of humor.
According to The Star-Ledger profile by Giovanna Fabiano:
On the morning of Sept. 11, after the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the building, Mr. Afflitto, director of listed equity trading, called his wife, Stacey, and told her there had been a bombing, said his father, Joseph Afflitto of Wayne.
"He told her, 'We've been bombed and I'm going to get out of here. I love you and give a kiss to my son for me,'" his father said. That was last time anyone heard from him.
A day or two days after 9/11, Danny's wife Stacey (who he had hired at Cantor-Fitzgerald; she left the firm when they began to date, in accord with the firm's policy prohibiting dating between co-workers) discovered she was pregnant with the couple's second child.
Daniel Thomas Afflitto loved and was loved.