South Bend father remembers daughter 10 years after 9/11

We are fast approaching the ten year anniversay of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

Few will forget where they were on September 11, 2001 when Al Queda hijackers flew two 767 jets into New York's World Trade Center.

2, 753 souls were lost that day, including one of Michiana's own, South Bend's Katie McCloskey.

When the twin towers came tumbling down on that fateful day nearly ten years ago, so did the world of many people who lost loved ones.

Among those killed was South Bend Adams graduate and I-U double major Katie McCloskey, who had followed a friend and her dream to New York City, landing a job in the World Trade Center.

We caught up with her dad, Dick McCloskey at the South Bend Medical Foundation where he was donating blood prior to Sunday's 9-11 blood drive.

He and his family will be in New York City on 9/11 for the dedication of the new memorial and says, "Somedays it feels like every bit of ten years, and some days it feels like it's a much, much shorter time period than that."

But he remembers his daughter with a father's smile and speaks about her childhood friendship with a girl named Charise.

"She grew up with a young lady from preschool on. Charise had moved to New York about six months previously and enticed katie to move out there, and they were roommates. She had only worked in the Trade Center for six weeks, so it was a very short time before the attacks."

Dick says he used to have to turn away from the images of the towers being hit, but now he sees it as part of history, and believe it or not, he says all that loss led to some positive things.

"I think that immediately afterwards we saw a tremendous unification of the country that really peeled away all the layers of discord and disagreement in this country and showed that really down beneath all that, there was a real core of togetherness of unity, and I think that that's still there."

And he sees a scholarship fund the family started for Adams High School graduates in South Bend, in Katie's name, as another positive.

"It's a good size partial scholarship. We've got six people graduated, and we've got four in college right now. I tell my wife, 'You know we're going to have kids in college for the rest of our lives.'"

He is thankful to the Sout Bend Medical Foundation for Sunday's blood drive in Katie's name, and he hopes you'll visit the South Bend Fire Station on Michigan St. too.

"For each donation, they are going to donate to the Katie McCloskey Memorial Scholarship Fund."

He's a man with great faith, and Maureen McFadden asked him if he ever asked God "Why?"

"As fallen human beings we tend to do evil things of our own accord, but that's our choice. That has nothing to do with God," he answered.

But on 9/11, he has one request and it's one Katie would have liked.
"Just simply do something good for someone else. If everyone would do that, just think of what a different world we would live in."

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