WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Fifteen years ago our nation changed when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93.
Thousands of people were killed in the attacks, including a woman from Wellsville, Ohio. Catherine Salter was working on the 98th floor of the south tower when terror struck. She was working for the Aon Corporation, a worldwide insurance company, as vice president of risk management.
Sunday, Catherine Salter’s family and community remembered the daughter, sister and friend.
A memorial park for Catherine Salter was unveiled in 2009 and since then a yearly memorial service has been held for her.
“She was conscientious, she was faithful. Once she set her mind on a goal she did everything she could to reach that goal and that was the way she lived her whole life,” said Eleanor Salter, her mother.
Just last year, Eleanor Salter decided to join in on the service for her daughter.
“I’m so glad that I did it. It’s always been so self-satisfying, so satisfying to see all these people here, and I really know that in their hearts, they loved her,” she said.
And for a brief second as she paused to reflect, you could tell she felt her daughter’s presence.
“We don’t try, we do remember her every year for this memorial, and it’s special today because it has been 15 years,” said Nancy Murray, mayor of the village of Wellsville.
Jamie Hardman was a close friend and classmate of Catherine Salter; he has nothing but good memories of their time with the class of 1982.
“We’re a very small town, we know each other, everybody knows everybody in town. It hurt, it truly, truly hurt,” Hardman said. “She was just a wonderful friend, she was a wonderful track athlete, that’s one thing that I can always remember about her.”
Catherine Salter graduated as co-valedictorian of the Wellsville class of 1982. There, she lettered in track and basketball. She received a degree in history from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and later began a career as a paralegal. She later relocated to New York in 2000.
Hardman said he’s amazed at her mother’s strength.
“She lost a daughter that was only 37 years old. It’s just amazing the strength that she shows,” Hardman said.
Catherine Salter’s oldest brother goes to New York every year on September 11 to remember his sister.
At the memorial park, a black granite stone monument depicts the Twin Towers, where Catherine Salter died along with thousands of others after two planes were flown into the upper floors of the building. It reads, “We Will Never Forget” and “In loving Memory of Cathy Salter.”