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September 8, 2009

September 11, 2001 was a day that no one will ever forget. Additionally we should never forget the 2,996 lives that were lost that day. Our country was forever changed by the actions of a few, but we may never know the extent of what was changed by the loss of 2,996 souls. 

I did not know Jean A. Andrucki, but am honored to remember her and spread her memory to the world. In reading about her, I am sure that I would have cherished her as a friend if we had met, so I feel saddened by never knowing her. I have gained insight to her life while reading many posts on the internet, so now I attempt to bring her memory to life for you on this eighth anniversary of September 11th.

Jean was born October 1, 1957 in New York. She was a bright, fun-loving person who was very compassionate to everyone. She loved nature and enjoyed being outdoors, camping, kayaking, and bicycling. Jean attended Smithtown High School where she participated in three sports. She was a member of the first graduating class at Smithtown and earned the Scholar Athlete and Most Valuable Female Athlete awards. During her high school years Jean also spent much time volunteering with kids as a camp counselor, chaperoning dances for disabled children and taking kids to sing at nursing homes during the holidays.

For college, Jean attended Stony Brook University where she was in an accelerated program earning a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Urban Policy Sciences in 1980. She continued her education, completing an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. Her career led her to the Port Authority in the World Trade Center where she had risen to the position of Operations Manager of Risk Management. As an adult, Jean was still the fun-loving person who had many friends as is shown by the hundreds of memorials posted online. She was quick witted and kept her friends laughing, but she was always the one to notice when something was wrong and the first with a kind word or advice. Jean continued to be involved with sports especially soccer and actually competed in four triathlons.

One post from a friend mentioned that Jean had seemed particularly happy the week or so before September 11th and she asked her about it. Jean said she loved her life because she had a wonderful home and friends, got to ride the ferry to work each day and had an office that overlooked the harbor, and what could be better than that? Jean looked for the good in everything and she found it everyday. On the day she died, Jean called a co-worker from the stairwell of the 20th floor. She told him she and a few others had stopped to wait for help with a woman who was asthmatic and couldn’t go any farther. She was doing exactly what she had done all her life, think of others first and do the right thing.

Jean A. Andrucki will be missed everyday by the many people she touched. I will NEVER forget Jean. God Bless America!

Erin Ronan

Overland Park, KS

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 4:38 pm

    Ah, how very touching. And how nice to see a tribute done by someone not so far from my home! I’ll be posting my two tributes on my blog either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

  2. September 11, 2009 4:02 am

    Thank you for your tribute-Jean will not be forgotten.

  3. September 11, 2009 3:46 pm

    Redberin, Thank you for taking time out and remembering Jean. Never forget.

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