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Lieut Robert Dominick “ka2otd” Cirri, Sr

  • Birth 31 Aug 1962 Teaneck, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 11 Sep 2001 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial North Arlington, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 17488310

Best friend & "brother." More than a hero.
Bob is remembered by most for his heroic acts at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. A few specifics: He and his colleagues, having heard of the attack, responded to the World Trade Center from the Port Authority Police Academy in NJ. Upon arrival they discovered people trying to run through burning jet fuel out the exit of Tower 1. They created a new "exit" by shooting out the lobby windows, allowing many people with a safer exit. Not all details are known afterwards only that Bob and his crew went upstairs to help people who needed help evacuating. The bodies of Bob and 4 other Port Authority officers were located in the lobby along with a woman in a stair chair (rescue chair to help those with mobility issues) whom they had been carrying.
Bob was much more than that.
I met Bob at age 13 through our mutual hobby, radio. Originally, we used CB than later moved on to Ham Radio.
Bob's call sign was ka2otd. He is now a "silent key" as Ham Radio Operators who have passed on are known.
He was an only child, as was I. We soon became close friends and eventually were more like the brothers neither of us ever had. We saw each other through numerous relationships and breakups, family situations, jobs, antics, adventures, friends and foes, etc.
We also both went into the emergency services field together, in both paid and volunteer functions. We served together on various ambulance squads and eventually worked together as paramedics for Jersey City EMS.
Bob was the Best Man at my wedding. I named my second son after him. It was intended for Bob to be his Godfather, but because of geography and time constrictions we never got around to making it official.
Bob leaves behind a wife, both parents, 2 sons, one daughter and three stepdaughters (whom he raised through much of their childhood), and numerous friends and co-workers who remember him fondly. We condsider ourselves fortunate to have known Bob for his short time on this planet.
We are also fortunate among those who greive for one close to us having died on 9-11; that between cell phone calls made by Bob that day, accounts of fellow officers, and the discovery of Bob's body, that we know what happned to our loved one and much of what he did that horrible day.
Bob was posthumously award the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor in 2005 at the White House.
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  • Created by: Susan Makky
  • Added: 15 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17488310
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert Dominick “ka2otd” Cirri, Sr (31 Aug 1962–11 Sep 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17488310, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Susan Makky (contributor 46882729) .