On September 11th, retired FDNY Captain James Corrigan, 60 years old, of Little Neck, NY was doing what he had trained to do his whole life - saving lives. Jim was the Director of Fire and Life Services for the World Trade Center Complex. Jim, with the help of three Fire Safety Directors who were also retired Firemen, saved numerous lives including all of the children at the Day Care Center. The exits near the Day Care Center were choked with people trying to leave the building, these brave men broke through the glass windows and carried the children through those windows to safety. All of the children miraculously survived this terrible tragedy due to the effort, skill and heroism of these men. Only one man of the group of four would survive.
Jim then returned to the Emergency Command Center in the lobby of Tower 1 to assist in the evacuation. Tower 2 then collapsed, raining debris into the Lobby of Tower 1. The Lobby quickly filled with smoke and debris creating zero visibility. The firemen who knew Jim was there called out, but there was no response. Jim died as he had lived - helping others. His instincts, skills and heroism saved countless lives on that infamous day.
This tragedy followed one of Jim's proudest moments when his son, Sean, was married on September 8th. For Sean and his wife, Colleen, the tragedy was magnified as they arrived in Aruba on their honeymoon on September 10th and woke up on the 11th watching the tragic event unfold on CNN. They were stranded for 5 days waiting the opening of the airports.
JimBs family and friends will dearly miss this kind and gentle hero. They will always remember that his sacrifice and bravery saved hundreds if not thousands of lives that tragic day.
Jim is survived by his wife Marie, sons Brendan and Sean,
mother Anne, sister Margaret, and brother John.