Mario Truglio, managing director of institutional sales and trading for independent broker-dealer John Thomas Financial, remembers 9/11 as nerve-wracking — and painful.
Mr. Truglio, 56, was working that day as a floor broker at the New York Stock Exchange for Tradition Asiel Securities Inc. When he heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, he immediately thought of his cousin, Michael Marti. Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Truglio had worked at the World Trade Center for Cantor Fitzgerald LP and he had helped Mr. Marti get a job at the firm.
Cantor Fitzgerald lost 656 workers on 9/11. Mr. Truglio would later learn that Mr. Marti was among them.
Mr. Truglio's first reaction to hearing about the attack was to call his aunt to see if she had heard from Mr. Marti. She hadn't. “From that moment on, I was panic-stricken. I kept trying to dial his cell phone and work number, and never got through.”
The first tower collapsed, and dust began to seep into the NYSE building. “I stayed because I figured maybe I could do something, and kept making calls, hoping to get my cousin's cell phone.”
He left the exchange just before noon. Dust permeated the air outside, and windows were shattered. He walked over the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn, with a black cloud rising behind him.
In honor of his cousin, Mr. Truglio is scheduled to read some of the names of people who died at the World Trade Center next week at the memorial ceremony. “The kid was 26 years old. It was his first job out of college, and he really wanted to work on Wall Street,” Mr. Truglio said.
Mr. Marti was scheduled to take off 9/11, but he changed his plans and decided to go to the office after Cantor Fitzgerald laid off a number of staff members. His cousin's decision has stayed with Mr. Truglio.
“I believe it now more than ever,” he said. “When your number's up, your number's up.”