(Salem Statesman-Journal) On Sept. 11, 2001, 83 employees of the investment banking firm Sandler O'Neill & Partners were in the company's office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower. Sixty-six of those people were murdered by terrorists who smashed a hijacked jet into the tower and caused its collapse. Those 66 men and women, among them, had 76 children.
In the harrowing days after Sept. 11, the leaders at Sandler O'Neill made several crucial decisions. Some of those decisions had to do with resurrecting the firm; others had to do with benefits for the families of murdered employees. One decision particularly fascinates me: The firm helped set up a foundation to pay college tuition for all the children of their murdered employees.