Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'I Don't Wish Anyone Dead'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'I Don't Wish Anyone Dead'

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Byline: Kevin Turner

This story was omitted from Tuesday's report on the reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden.

YULEE Alta D'Atri neither celebrated nor cried Monday morning as she watched television reports about the death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed her son, a New York City firefighter.

Instead, she was somber.

"I'm glad they got him, but it's not going to bring anybody back," she said at her home in Yulee.

On that Tuesday morning, two hijacked passenger jets slammed into the 110-story World Trade Center towers. Nearly 3,000 people died.

New York Fire Department Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri, 38, was with Squad 1 in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. That was his day off, but he got a ride to the scene, put on fire gear and rushed toward the burning buildings. The last that was heard from him was that he had made it to the 20th floor and was looking for his men, his mother said.

"He died doing what he loved to do most," she told the Times-Union in 2006. …

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