Retired Captain James J. Corrigan
Memorial Service was held
on October 13, 2001
on April 1, 2002
after the first jetliner hit the World Trade Center's north
tower, James Corrigan called his home in Little Neck, Queens,
to talk to his wife, Marie. "It was to say he was safe
and that he had gone for coffee." So she knew he was not
in his office on the 88th floor when the plane hit, that he
had gotten out. She didn't expect him to leave the scene, but
she didn't think he was going back in either.
60, a retired New York City fire captain, was director of fire
and life services for the management of the World Trade Center.
Marie Corrigan knew that in his civilian capacity he would be
assisting the firefighting efforts. She also knew he had worked
for Company 10 in downtown Manhattan for years. She never expected
him to be lost.
figured from working there and from working at [Company] 10
for so many years, he knew the buildings inside out. I felt
that if things got bad, he would somehow have someplace to go."
Corrigan was told her husband was last seen in the lobby of
Tower One just before the collapse of the building. "As
far as I know, he was still on the lobby level when the building
two were planning a trip to Las Vegas for a celebration of their
30th anniversary the next weekend, a gift from their sons, J.
Brendan and Sean.
natives, they had met when Corrigan was a city police officer
in Brooklyn. She flagged down his police car. "I was a
lady in distress," she said, without elaborating. The two
were later married, moved to Coram and then back into the city,
spending the past 23 years in Little Neck.
spent six years with the city police and 23 with the Fire Department,
retiring in 1994 from Engine Co. 320.
Demoretcky (Newsday), October 18, 2001
about Retired Captain James Corrigan