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Almost three thousand Americans lost their lives in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Three of the victims who died that day had ties to our own community.
The Firefighter Memorial behind the Municipal Building has a piece of one of the towers, given to municipalities that lost citizens that day. Each September, Ewing Township commemorates the events of 9-11 and respectfully remembers those whose lives were lost with a ceremony led by the Ewing Township Patriotic Committee. Let us never forget them.
Richard Guadagno, age 38, Project Manager for the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Loleta, CA was a wildlife biologist and employee of the US Fish and Wildlife Service who grew up in Ewing where he came to love animals and wildlife. He was aboard United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, PA, returning from a 2-week vacation visiting his parents, Jerry and Beatrice and family in Vermont. He was a 1984 graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University. He is memorialized at the National September 11 Memorial in Shanksville and also has a cenotaph memorial in Greenwood Cemetery in Trenton. His badge and credentials from his US Fish and Wildlife Service employment were identified among the debris at the crash site and returned to his parents and sister.
Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, was in the North Tower at the World Trade Center on September 11th. He was a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, a graduate of the University of South Carolina in 2000. He grew up in Yardley, PA, but had strong ties to Ewing from helping at his father’s clothing store, Suit World on Olden Ave. His parents were Gary and Judy Reiss. Further tributes to Josh are available at Legacy.com. He is also memorialized at the Garden of Reflection, a 9-11 Memorial in Memorial Park in Lower Makefield Township with other Bucks County victims at http://www.9-11memorialgarden.org/.
Colleen Fraser, age 51, was a passenger on United Flight 93. Colleen was a Rutgers University graduate and a native of Elizabeth, NJ. She was employed as the director of the Progressive Center for Independent Living Inc., a nonprofit advocacy group founded in Ewing. Colleen was a strong and lifelong advocate for the disabled, serving on the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council and other organizations for the disabled. She also helped to draft the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark piece of legislation in the 20th Century. She was an inspirational figure, fighting for the civil rights of those with disabilities during her lifetime. She was memorialized in 2013 by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a new multi-use building at the County Public Safety Complex in Westfield, the Colleen Fraser Building, dedicated in her name.