by Laura Nachman
Makefield’s Diego Castellanos of 6ABC’s “Puerto Rican Panorama” the
horrific events of Tuesday hit home literally, as his next-door neighbor and
friend, Victor J. Saracini, was the pilot of United Airlines flight 175, which
was hijacked and crashed into World Trade Center 2.
The families, which
have been friends for years, unknowingly spent their last night together on
Saturday, when Saracini and his wife, Ellen, had dinner at the Castellanos home.
After dinner, Victor and Diego played guitars together. Then, 13-year-old
Felicia Castellanos slept over her best friend, fellow eighth grader Kirsten
Saracini’s house that night.
“my wife (Pam) and I are personally devastated by this tragedy – and very
angry. Castellanos, who is licensed
to pilot a single engine plane said of 16-year United Airlines veteran, Saracini,
“I was in awe of the man, yet he was so unassuming, he never talked
about his work. Whenever we got together, we talked about our kids.
He was just a kind human being, a talented man, and a funny guy who kept
everybody laughing whenever we got together.
Victor was a good father, a good
husband, and a good friend. He didn't deserve to end up like this.
Then again, none of those people who were murdered deserved that.
Their only crime was that they went to work.”
Support is coming from a network of friends and neighbors and some relatives. Pennwood Middle School and Quarry Hill Elementary, where the Saracini daughters Kirsten (8th grade) and Brielle (5th grade) attend, have both provided counseling for students and providing a safe haven and supportive environment. There are several pilots who live in their neighborhood and they have created a support system for the family.
television stations are doing their part for the cause.
NBC 10 and Wawa markets are sponsoring a drive where
Wawa will match any donation up to $100,000.
NBC 10 also has a mental health line in place to take phone calls.
WB17 has a disaster relief fund and KYW-3 and the Salvation Army have
launched “Operation: Brotherly Love” to collect supplies and funds to
support the relief workers aiding the victims of the World Trade Center