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Place of Residence:
Nutley, NJ
Location on 9/11:
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey | Manager of Structural Integrity

Franco Lalama was a traditional man. Born in Italy, he came to America at age 7 and settled in New Jersey. As the eldest son, tradition held that he was responsible for the others. It was a characteristic that would define him his entire life.

“He was very responsible, maybe too much so,” his wife Linda remembered. “He put himself last and everyone else first.”

At age 45, Franco worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in an office in One World Trade Center. On the day of the attacks, witnesses reported that true to form, Franco helped others first. He made sure everyone had evacuated the 64th floor engineering office, and then went back to check one more time. “Go ahead,” Franco told them. “I’ll follow.”