There remains a prominent place in the 9/11 anniversary thoughts of ABC 7 anchor Bill Ritter and station colleagues for the late Donald DiFranco. Here for example is how Ritter remembered DiFranco in a 2010 anniversary essay, re-published this week on the station’s website:
DiFranco, a member of the Eyewitness News team, was on the top of one of the towers when it was attacked. Don was an engineer – and his first thought after the plane crashed into the building 20 floors below him, was to call us and tell us we might be off the air because of the crash. That was what he worried about.
I hope only that Don didn’t suffer.
DiFranco is also front and center in the Twitter feeds of Ritter and others at ABC 7. This touching photo montage created by Kellie Tarsia was re-tweeted by Ritter:
A more fortunate member of the ABC family is Gloria Riviera, currently posted in China for ABC News. As CNN national security correspondent (and husband) Jim Sciutto reminds today, fate intervened in a most provident way: