February 22, 2013
Among the many calls Phyllis Rodriguez received on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, one was from her son, Gregory, who worked for the investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center.
“He left a message on our answering machine,” Rodriguez said. “He said, ‘There’s been a disaster at the Trade Center. I’m OK. Call Elizabeth.’ ” Elizabeth was Gregory’s wife.
He never came back. A day later, Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, told families that employees who were unaccounted for probably did not survive. A total of 658 people from the company died.