1,000 pay tribute to 'favorite pilot'
Some of those killed in terrorist acts Sept. 11:
DAVID CHARLEBOIS, 39, of Washington, D.C., first officer on American Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon, "was truly everybody's favorite pilot," flight attendant Claire Miller said. About 1,000 people attended a memorial Mass for Charlebois on Tuesday, including several hundred American Airlines pilots and flight attendants. "He was a very sociable person who loved being surrounded by people," friend Tom Hayes said. "The only time he lost patience was when dealing with bigotry, ignorance or hatred."
TIMOTHY HASKELL, 34, and two of his brothers, Thomas and Kenneth, did what their father did: They became firefighters. "All my brothers, they all got perfect scores on their physical, and their tests were almost perfect," said sister Dawn Haskell-Carbone. "It was that important to them, that they worked hard at it." Timothy's brother, Thomas, is still missing in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Timothy, who grew up in Seaford, N.Y., had a Dalmatian named Blaze and loved scuba diving and extreme games. He also was getting his pilot's license.
MICHAEL R. HORROCKS, 38, of Glen Mills, Pa., the first officer on United Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center, became interested in flying while he was a senior in college. He took the controls of a friend's small plane on a trip to Florida, and from that point forward he was hooked. Horrocks was a star quarterback at West Chester University, and later he learned how to fly while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. His survivors include his wife, Miriam, a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.
STEVEN D. "JAKE" JACOBY, 43, of Alexandria, Va., was chief operating officer of Metrocall, one of the nation's largest paging companies. "The fact that Metrocall's technical operating network continued to function and provide critical communications during this horrific event was a tribute to Jake," said Vince Kelly, the firm's chief financial officer. Jacoby, who was on American Flight 77, recently oversaw the development of a two-way paging device for critically ill people to use in emergencies, Metrocall spokesman Timothy Dietz said. The company has handed out devices to emergency personnel working the scene in Washington and New York. "I understand they're being used," Dietz said. "That would make Jake happy." Jacoby is survived by his wife, Kim, and three children.
GARY KOECHELER, 57, of Harrison, N.Y., worked as a government-bonds trader for the Euro Brokers firm on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center. He served two tours in Vietnam with the Army, including service behind enemy lines in intelligence. He got the Bronze Star for bravery in 1968. "We thought if anyone could get out, he had so much training that he would be the one," said a sister, Mary Jo Heine of Eagan, Minn. "That really provided us with a lot of hope that he'd resurface, he'd come back." Survivors include his wife, Maureen, and two sons.
LAURA LEE MORABITO, 34, of Framingham, Mass., would sometimes sing in an all-woman quintet as a sales gimmick for her employer, Qantas Airways. Morabito, national sales manager for Qantas, and the four other women would perform wearing poodle skirts and beehive hairdos. "They were always really goofy," Qantas spokesman Steve Kernaghan said. "They were like a bunch of high-school girls." Morabito was aboard American Flight 11, the first plane to hit the trade center. She was headed to a business trip that had been postponed twice before.
JASON OSWALD, 28, of New York, a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, moved to New York from Chicago in June to be near his girlfriend, Nancy Prentis. Oswald and Prentis, 30, had coffee together the morning of Sept. 11 before he went to work at the World Trade Center. "We had planned on going for a run and having dinner together that evening," she said. "His last words to me were that he would be praying for me that day because I had a tough day ahead at work."