I signed up for the 9/11 memorial, and expected for it to be a mundane, if not easy post. I expected to be assigned to an unfortunate person that just picked the wrong day to go to work and became one of the many slain by Islamic Fascists. I was way off. I ended up being assigned to write about a hero.
Kenneth John Cubas, was a 48 year old VP for Fiduciary Trust. He was also a man that put others life before his own. The day the tower was struck, instead of saving his own life, he put it all on the line to save others. It would be easy to say that I would have done the same, but I hope I never have to make a decision like he did that day.
When disaster struck Tower Two, Kenneth Cubas led a woman to safety. Then, ignoring her pleas not to return, he went back inside.
Cubas, 48, was a vice president with Fiduciary Trust Company International, an asset management firm that had offices on the 94th to 97th floors. He worked on the 97th.
"I got many calls from his colleagues on other floors saying Ken was helping," said his wife, Kerry. She added that following the attack she received a call from a woman who believed she was the last to see her husband alive.
"He assisted her to get outside of the building," his wife said. "She implored him not go [back in], but he didn't hesitate a moment and ran back, saying, 'I have to help.'
"The firm was very safety- oriented, and Ken was well- versed in emergency procedures," his wife said. "He was part of a group that was trained for this type of disaster." She said she believes the company's policies were the reason it suffered a relatively small number of fatalities.
I will not forget the sacrifice of Mr. Cubas.