Among the 2,606 victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, were six local station employees who were just doing their jobs when they were killed.
Sunday, the stations remembered Robert Pattison and Isaias Rivera from CBS-owned WCBS, Don DiFranco from ABC-owned WABC, William Steckman from NBC-owned WNBC , Gerard Coppola from WNET and Steven Jacobson from Tribune’s CW affiliate WPIX who were working at the transmitter sites located on the 110th floor of the North Tower when hijackers flew two planes into the buildings.
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“Don worked at WABC-TV for 13 years to keep us on the air, and we will never forget his dedication to his job, his fellow employees and our viewers,” WABC said about DiFranco. “A plaque now hangs in our building lobby to forever honor his sacrifice.”
“The towers collapsed, killing thousands, including Jacobson. A 22-year veteran of PIX11 News, Jacobson was survived by a wife and two daughters,” said WPIX. “We will always remember his dedication, sacrifice and his service in helping us bring the news of those tragic events to our viewers.”
“All of us here at CBS2 snd our heartfelt condolences to both families,” WCBS told viewers about Rivera and Pattison on-air.