Name: Thomas J. Ashton
Age: 21

Killed at: World Trade Center

From city: New York

Ashton was a political science major at St. Francis College in Brooklyn until May, when he announced to his parents that he was leaving college to become an electrician.

"He was determined to do this because he was impatient and really just wanted to start his life," his mother said. "He and his girlfriend were looking forward to a future. He wanted to start making money and have a goal. The electrical industry gave him a goal to shoot for."

The announcement was met with some objections from his parents, who urged him to finish working toward his bachelor's degree. Following through with his promise to manage both endeavors, he had registered for college the night before the terror attack.

Sept. 10 was Ashton's first day at electricians school. On his second day on the job as an apprentice with Local 3 in Manhattan, he was sent to the 95th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower to work alongside an electrician, and that's where he was when the first plane hit.
Excerpt profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE


Eabha the Kiwi said...

I hope the truth about government involvement becomes mainstream and the victims and their families finally see justice.

google video: "Loose Change"

John D

P.S remember the victims of september 11th 1973

jane said...

What a handsome young man. This was a very nice tribute you did to him, Gabbi.

ps...I tagged you for a meme, whenever you get a chance.

The Mass Defective said...

That is a nice tribute. I've been checking the web site to see if people had begun putting their tributes up, but so far many have not. I hope they don't forget.

So sad that he lost his life on the second day of the job he hoped would offer him a better future.


Eric said...

My tribute is about a man who also started a new job on September 10, 2001. His office was on the 77th floor of the north tower.

Your tribute is very nice indeed.

Jaci said...

Thank you for sharing his story. I'll never understand why this happened, but I won't ever forget these people.

I honored Michael Haub, FDNY.

Raggedy said...

Wonderful Tribute!
Thank you.
These are heartbreaking stories and difficult to read....
I am honored to be a part of this project.
Mine is posted also...

Bless you...

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.