Families discuss year without loved ones

(Original publication: September 7, 2002)

On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 70 people who lived in or had ties to Rockland died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

We have revisited with those family members who wished to talk about what the last year has been like for them. Their stories will run over the next few days.

Thomas Foley

Joanne Gross and other family members of New York City firefighter Thomas Foley plan to go to Ground Zero on Wednesday.

"The 11th of every month is hard," said Gross, Foley's sister. "Everything is a reminder throughout the day."

Gross is upbeat talking about her kid brother, who grew up to be one of New York's Bravest.

"I love to talk about Tommy, so that's good," Gross said. "It's really a gift how he lived his life."

Even so, Gross said, the anniversary intensified the last year's pain.

"It doesn't feel that it's getting easier," she said. "Even from the beginning it was difficult to see how the world was still moving while our world had stopped."

The last 12 months have tested the entire family