Among the lost: 'Icon,' morale booster die
Some of those killed in the terrorist acts Sept. 11:
Brendan Dolan, 37, of Glen Rock, N.J., a broker with Chicago-based Carr Futures, whose clients were more like friends. "One of the things I remember when I look back at Brendan is that he would not only help you get into the business world but guide you and protect you," said Lee Taylor, a friend of Dolan's at the University of Rochester. "He seemed to be an icon to many of us." Dolan, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center, is survived by his wife, Stacey, and daughters Sarah Danielle, 4, and Samantha Nicole, 2.
Matthew Picerno, 44, of Holmdel, N.J., was a bonds trader for Cantor Fitzgerald in the tower of the World Trade Center that was hit first by a hijacked airliner. Picerno called his wife, Petrina, that morning and said he had just heard a big explosion and that fire and smoke filled his office. She put him on hold, turned on the television and learned of the attacks. When she returned to the phone, her husband was gone.
Matthew Picerno, a father of three, owned a winemaking school in Jersey City, coached basketball, sang Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin and danced to "Macho Man" with a group of other fathers at his 9-year-old daughter's school.
"He's a morale-boosting kind of guy," Petrina Picerno said. "Doesn't need a microphone, but will gladly take one."