This is our final pre-9/11 post. In this post we remember the nine residents that Union Township lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Located at Union High School is a plaque honoring four of the nine who graduated from Union High School.
Robert Alan Hepburn took the train to his job on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and planned to bring his 2 young daughters gum home as a treat. He never made it home, nor did he make it to his late September trip to his parents’ home in Florida.
Edward Calderon was a dance loving security guard for the Port Authority, known for being a founding member of the Port Authority Hispanic Society. He was last seen helping dozens of World Trade Center workers to safety on September 11, 2001 and is survived by his wife and two children.
Khalid M. Shahid was building a house to share with his fiancée Jamie Castro when terrorists attacked. He was a network administrator at eSpeed on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center . Memorial donations may be made to the Khalid Shahid Memorial Scholarship, Westfield Foundation, P.O. Box 2295, Westfield, N.J. 07091. Reid Street in Union has been renamed Khalid Shahid Street.
Charles Karczewski, his wife, and their two dogs lived in Union, New Jersey where Karczewski commuted to his job as a benefits consultant for the Aon Corporation on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center. He was an adventurous man who died before realizing his plans to hike the Grand Canyon. Memorial donations may be made to the Charles H. Karczewski Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Rutgers University Foundation, 7 College Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.
Brian Frederic Goldberg and his wife moved into their new home in Union just about a year before his death on September 11, 2001. When not at his full time job at Fiduciary Trust in the World Trade Center, Goldberg was a handy man who took pleasure photographing weddings on the side.
Husband and father of three, Thomas J. Fisher was vice president for operations at Fiduciary Trust on the 97th floor of the World Trade Center. He loved caring for his home and loved taking his children to sporting events.
Wing-Wai Ching, nicknamed “Cool Man” by his family, owned his own home and was planning to propose to his girlfriend. Ching was client support administrator for UmeVoice, visiting his client Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center when he was killed by terrorists on September 11, 2001
Bella Bhukhan was a 24 year old immigrant from Zambia who embraced her heritage while assimilating into American culture. She was an employee of the human resources department at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center.
Wayne Alan Russo was planning his eighth trip to Italy and had just returned from a trip to India when he was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He was an accountant at Marsh & McLennan on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center, a life long baseball fan, and was such a Giants fan that he was a season ticket holder for nearly twenty five years. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wayne A. Russo Memorial Fund, 407 Prescott Road, Union, N.J. 07083, which supports those organizations that were instrumental that help families affected by this tragedy.