September 11th: A Day of Remembrance

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills held “September 11th: A Day of Remembrance” to observe the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the nation.

Seven Parsippany residents died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many of them were husbands, wives and parents, but all of them were neighbors and friends in the Parsippany community.

As we remember them today, read more about their lives, courtesy of obituaries complied on

Martin Boryczewski
Boryczewski was remembered as a life-of-the-party type, who loved hanging out with friends as much as he loved his trading job. He grew up in Parsippany, and frequently came home to visit his family, whom he was close with. Read more here.

Antoinette Duger
Duger was a devoted mother in a close knit Italian family, who she loved cooking for. She cared deeply for those around her; some of her last words were, “I don’t want them to worry,” her sister said. Read more here.

Michael John Pescherine
Perscherine and his wife were expecting a baby at the time of his death, due in March 2002, something that cause him to “scream in delight.” He was remembered as an athlete who loved watching the Giants. Read more here.

Thomas H. Polhemus
Thomas Polhemus was remember as loving golf nearly as much as he loved his wife and two sisters. He played through rain and snow three times a week, and would travel to Myrtle Beach to play with friends. Read more here.

Maria Theresa Santillan
Maria Santillan was in the middle of planning her wedding to her high school sweetheart when she died. She had long dreamed of working in New York City, and often commuted with her father to the PATH station. Read more here.

Michael C. Sorresse
Sorresse was deeply proud of working in the World Trade Center, something he’d tell people as they spotted the towers from the Turnpike. He was a family man who has just bought a home in Morris County. Read more here.

Jason Kyle Jacobs
Jason Kyle Jacobs worked in the World Trade Center. He was a partner in Fiduciary Trust Co. and worked in Tower 2. Survivors originally listed: Wife, Jennifer; Daughter, Zoe; Father, Charles; Mother, Marilyn; and Brother, Seth. Read more here.

Master of Ceremonies, Matthew Clarkin, Chief of Staff to the Mayor
Councilman Michael dePierro, Pledge of Allegiance
Parsippany resident Shreya Durbha, National Anthem
Mayor Michael Soriano
Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller
Paster Boone, Opening Prayer
Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, “How We Come Together”
Mayor Michael Soriano, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani and Councilman Michael dePierro during the National Anthem
Parsippany Emergency Medical Service members and Jenn Lappine Sikora, Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance
Part of a support beam from the Twin Towers
9-11 Memorial at Parsippany Town Hall
Jeff Edwards, Pastor Parsippany United Methodist Church
Flag at half mast