These are the nine people with ties to southeastern Connecticut who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Juliana and Ruth McCourt
Juliana McCourt, 4, and her mother, Ruth, 45, of New London, were passengers on United Flight 175, which flew into the South Tower. They were flying to California, where they planned to meet and go to Disneyland with Ruth McCourt's friend Paige Farley-Hackel of Boston. Farley-Hackel was a passenger on the other plane, American Airlines Flight 11. David McCourt, husband and father, recalled that one day, when their new dog, Phoebe, wouldn't stop barking, he told her to "shut up." Juliana scolded her father, "It hurt her feelings and my feelings. Daddy, this is the way to do it." She told Phoebe, "Calm down, we love you, we're all here for you." And the dog stopped barking. "That impacted me," McCourt said. "Here's this child so pure of spirit. That's what Ruth taught her."
James A. Greenleaf Jr.
A graduate of St. Bernard High School in Montville and Connecticut College, James A. Greenleaf Jr., 32, was a foreign currency trader for Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of the North Tower, where the first jet hit. He is survived by a brother and his parents, who live in Waterford. Teammates who played rugby with him at Conn said he was the toughest of players, one who never backed down. And he was modest. When, in his senior year, they elected him their captain, his acceptance speech was simply this: "Thanks, boys."
Madeline "Amy" Todd Sweeney
A flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, Madeline Todd Sweeney, 35, is considered one of the heroes of 9/11 because she had the presence of mind to call a ground supervisor to report the hijacking. She reported the seat numbers of the hijackers so they could be identified quickly, and so the world would know what was going on. Her last words: "I see water. I see buildings. I see buildings! We are flying low. We are flying very, very low. We are flying way too low. Oh my God we are flying way too low. Oh my God!" Her tie to southeastern Connecticut was her father, William A. Todd of Norwich, since deceased.
Eric "Rick" Thorpe
Vice president of equity sales for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Inc., Eric "Rick" Thorpe, 35, worked on the 89th floor of the South Tower. He last spoke to his parents, Marilyn and Raymond Thorpe, of Mystic, shortly after the first plane struck the North Tower, assuring them he was all right. "He told us he was fine and not to worry,'' said his mother. Thorpe played football at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Mass., where he grew up. His teammates remembered him as a great runner. They called him "Crazy Legs."
Joshua M. Piver
Only 23, Joshua M. Piver, of Stonington, had just begun a career in Manhattan, working for Cantor Fitzgerald, trading pollution credits. He had graduated from Stonington High School and the University of Vermont. Friends said he liked to give them tours of the World Trade Center when they visited. "Josh's life for me was like a really good song," said his friend Robert Scala. "It was the kind of song that you were movin' to and shakin', and you're glad to hear it and you don't know what it is. And all of a sudden somebody cuts the music, and you don't understand why." Piver was on the 105th floor of the North Tower when the first plane hit.
New London native James Hobin, 47, lived in Marlborough with his wife and two sons. He was a vice president of risk management at Marsh & McLennan in Hartford, but he had gone to the World Trade Center for his company's monthly meeting. Friends remembered him for his "dry wit" and his excellent coaching of the baseball and basketball teams of the Marlborough Youth Athletic League.
Eric Brian Evans
Norwich native Eric Brian Evans, 31, worked for Aon Corp., a risk management, reinsurance and consulting firm in the South Tower. He was the fourth of five brothers. His parents, Charles and Corinne Evans, described him as the quiet kid, the one who never seemed to be paying attention, but who never missed a thing. People who worked with him at Aon remembered him as a colleague who gave great advice, had a laid-back attitude and always seemed to have a coffee cup in his hand.
Dianne Bullis Snyder
Married to New London native John Snyder, Dianne Bullis Snyder, 42, lived in Westport, Mass., and was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11. She had two children, a son, Leland, and a daughter, Blakeslee. Famed for her chocolate chip cookies and handmade quilts, she was a graduate of Daniel Hand High School in Madison, where her parents, Marilyn and Donald Bullis, still live.