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Pelham Remembers Sept. 11 Ten Years Later

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham Pizzeria and Ristorante manager John Ruffolo is one of many Pelham residents who vividly remembers the details of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He can still recall his location and feelings on that day.

Ruffolo was in his second period Latin class at Fordham Preparatory School when he heard the announcement about the attacks. He went to school with Patrick Shea, whose father, a Pelham resident, passed away in the tragedy.

The decade since has moved quickly for Ruffolo, but he still remembers the fear and anxiety of that day in both New York and the nation as a whole.

"It's gone really fast," Ruffolo said. "Everybody will remember where they were, the place and time, what they were feeling. For the first time, people were scared for their lives."

Paul Pallett, a lifetime Pelham resident who has lived in the area for 65 years, remembers that he was on his way to work that morning when his daughter called him. She worked across the street from the Twin Towers on Water Street and told her father that she was not able to leave her building.

The second plane hit the towers shortly thereafter and Pallett's daughter walked 15 miles back to her home.

Pallett said that he has gone through ten memorials since that day. He is friends with four of the ten families in Pelham who lost someone in the attacks, including the O'Doherty family.

Ten years later, Pallett still remembers the joy that Amy O'Doherty, who died on Sept. 11, brought to those around her.

"She had the biggest smile," Pallett said. "She was the happiest kid."

What are your reflections on Sept. 11 ten years later? Where were you on that tragic day? What were you feeling? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

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