Some would say the terrorist attacks of 9/11 stole the innocent and naïve feelings of security that we’d grown so accustomed to. Today’s blog honors three Union County residents who were stolen from us on that horrific day.
An Illinois native, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Patrick Jude Murphy, his wife and two sons had relocated to Berkeley Heights. He was on assignment with the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it. Murphy’s high school football teammates from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, have launched a scholarship in his name for students who have lost a parent. Donations may be sent to The Educational Fund for Patrick Murphy’s Sons, Harris Bank, Hawthorne Square, 1795 S. Washington, Naperville, IL 60565.
Scott Hazelcorn, a Berkeley Heights resident, was a trader at Cantor-Fitzgerald who lost his life in the World Trade Center. In his honor, his family and friends have established The Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation which offers a one week summer camp for children who have lost a loved one in the attacks. The camp is offered at Camp Kennybrook in Monticello, NJ, where Scott spent the summers of his childhood. Donations in Scott’s memory may be sent to the Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation, c/o Janice and Charles Hazelcorn, 110 Lorraine Drive, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.
James A. Nelson was a Clark Resident and a member of the Port Authority Police Department who was dispatched to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011. He was evacuating workers from the 27th floor when the building collapsed. His wife and two daughters still live in Clark where the township built the James Nelson Memorial Park on the corner of Grand Street and Broadway.
Whatever you think the tragedy of 9/11 taught us, I know that honoring the memories of the people we lost helps keep us together.