By Pete Kotz
By Michael Musto
By Michael Musto
By Capt. James Van Thach told to Jonathan Wei
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Vega hopes their family abroad will be able to fly into New York soon. And she has taken some comfort in the words of the priest who married them. The priest told her they have to pray and hope he comes out, but if he doesn't, they'll have to understand that it is God's will. "That's the part I'm having trouble with, the second part," said Vega, "I'm just going to pray and hope. I still haven't come to grips with that yet."
MISSING: Anthony Luparelli
Anthony Luparelli, 62, has worked maintenance at the twin towers for 15 years. "He loves his job, he loves to work, he is old-school Italian," said Eddie Canillas. Luparelli was in the building during the bombing in 1993, and on Tuesday morning, he was at work in tower two when the first plane hit. Soon after, he called his family to reassure them that he was all right, and said he was going to try to help out. "He called, and we put the news on, and we were just waiting. Time went on, and on and on, and we were waiting for a long time," Canillas said, outside the entrance to Bellevue Hospital with other members of his family, holding flyers and framed photographs. At home, Luparelli's six grandchildren are waiting to hear, and his wife is at the home in Corona, Queens, where Canillas grew up. "We're out here just trying to get his picture out there," Canillas said, "I see here that I'm not the only one. But obviously, I already knew that."
MISSING: Vaswald Hall
Vaswald Hall, 50, of St. Albans was making a delivery for Urban Fetch Express Logo, a messenger service, in lower Manhattan. Hall was last seen picking up the boxes from 43rd Street at 7:30 a.m., on his way to One World Trade. "He was last seen by a coworker entering the underground dock at the Trade Center, driving under," said Suzanne Higgins, a family friend.
"He was in a van. The coworker went into the lobby to make a delivery himself. As soon as the coworker went in, the explosion happened and the coworker went out.
Born in Jamaica, Hall came to the U.S. in 1984; he has a wife, Beverly Hall, a daughter, and a grandson. At the time of the explosion, he was wearing a beige polo shirt with an Urban Express logo, black or blue jeans, dark brown boots, and his wedding ring.
MISSING: Claribel Hernandez
Claribel Hernandez, 31, was managing a Sybase convention on the 106th floor, said her father, Carlos Aleman. He described Hernandez, of Woodside, Queens, as five-four and 125 pounds. She was wearing a black skirt, and last telephoned from the 100th floor to say she was on her way down.
A native Manhattanite of Puerto Rican descent, Hernandez is married to Eslyn Hernandez. They have a son, 11, and a daughter, five.
In 1998, Captain Timothy Stackpole was seriously injured in a Brooklyn fire that left two firefighters dead. His doctors doubted whether he would ever return to the job he loved, but he didonly to die in the World Trade Center terrorist attack.
His story was incredible. In June 1998, Stackpole, then a lieutenant, responded with Ladder Co. 103 to a building fire on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. While inside, the floors collapsed, trapping him along with Captain Scott LaPiedra and Lieutenant Jimmy Blackmore, both of whom later died.
After Stackpole was removed, someone handed him a rosary, which he clenched in his fist during the ambulance ride to the hospital, said the Reverend Jim Cunningham, a friend. Heat from his burns, which covered 30 percent of his body, seared the image of a crucifix in his palm.
Just two weeks before he died, Stackpole, 42, had been promoted to captain. He was staffing a command center in tower one when it collapsed, burying him under rubble with more than 250 other firefighters. He is survived by his wife, Tara, and his five children, ages six to 19, who live in Brooklyn.
Neighbor Laura Trask said he spoke with a client shortly after nine. LaMantia worked as vice president and assets broker for the bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 105th floor of the tower one. She says his family includes a wife, Kimberly, a nine-year-old daughter, Emily, and a six-year-old son, Greg.
Trask described him as five-ten, with brown eyes, a scar on his right eyebrow, another round scar on his left cheek, and a gap between his front teeth. "He's my best friend," she said, of the East Meadow native. "I want to say for everyone who knows him, it is an honor to know him, and we want him home. The family wishes to express their gratitude for all those who are trying to find Steve."
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