Brink’s Fallen Hero: A 9/11 Tribute

September 10, 2014

in Our People

This ring is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives, including one of Brink’s own. We will never forget. A Brink’s armored vehicle that served the World Trade Center site after the attacks on September 11, 2001, provided the metal for this ring.

On a bright autumn morning, Brink’s Driver Joseph Trombino and his two co-workers set out to the World Trade Center, a stop they made every day. Trombino pulled into the loading bay and backed against the loading platform near the Port Authority police station. While the others off-loaded a delivery for a large bank operating on the 11th floor, Trombino guarded the truck and cargo in the loading bay.

It was September 11, 2001.

When the first plane hit the World Trade Center, Trombino radioed the Brink’s office in Brooklyn to see what was going on. He was told to leave the vehicle and exit the building immediately. He stayed initially to wait on other members of the crew to return. Everything around him was in disarray, and Trombino found himself trapped between the North Tower and the South Tower. His lifeless body was eventually found there near the water fountain, with his messenger bag, which he took with him. His coworkers eventually worked their way down from the building and exited unharmed. His messenger bag is now in the Brink’s Museum in Chicago.

Trombino, a longtime Brink’s employee, had been a war veteran and survived the Weather Underground robbery in 1981 despite being shot multiple times by an M16 rifle. It took three operations to sew his nearly severed arm back on. Twelve years later, Trombino would dodge death again in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Today, 13 years after the horrific attack, we still mourn the loss of Joe Trombino and the 2,976 others who died that day. On this day and every day, we remember.

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