Remembering local victims of 9/11 attacks

— Hon­ors for two North­east Philly nat­ives who per­ished in the ter­ror­ism at­tacks on the World Trade Cen­ter.


The sev­enth an­nu­al Run for Peace, held in memory of a loc­al vic­tim of the Sept. 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, will take place Sat­urday morn­ing at Wil­li­am Penn Charter School, at 3000 W. School­house Lane in East Falls.

Peter Or­tale, a North­wood nat­ive and 1983 Penn Charter gradu­ate, was killed when a hi­jacked United Air­lines plane crashed in­to the World Trade Cen­ter.

Or­tale, 37, was work­ing for Euro Brokers on the 84th floor of the cen­ter’s South Tower in New York. Sev­er­al minutes earli­er, a hi­jacked plane crashed in­to the North Tower.

Sixty-one em­ploy­ees and friends of Euro Brokers died that day.

At the time of Or­tale’s death, he’d been mar­ried for just 16 months.

Or­tale grew up on the 4900 block of Castor Ave. and at­ten­ded St. Mar­tin of Tours be­fore en­rolling at Penn Charter, where he starred in foot­ball and lacrosse.

At Duke Uni­versity, he gradu­ated in 1987 with a de­gree in polit­ic­al sci­ence. He was a three-year co-cap­tain in lacrosse and was named All-Amer­ic­an.

Since his death, he’s been in­duc­ted in­to the Pennsylvania Lacrosse As­so­ci­ation Hall of Fame. Duke has planted magno­lia trees in memory of Or­tale and five oth­er alums who died in the at­tacks.

Penn Charter hosts a me­mori­al lacrosse game and has star­ted the Peter K. Or­tale Schol­ar­ship Fund. Dona­tions to that fund can be sent to 3000 W. School­house Lane, Phil­adelphia, PA 19144.

The schol­ar­ship is par­tially fun­ded by the Run for Peace, which is held in memory of Or­tale and Kenny Cald­well, a 1989 Penn Charter gradu­ate who also died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Re­gis­tra­tion starts at 8:15 a.m. on Sat­urday. The 5K run kicks off at 9, fol­lowed by a one-mile fam­ily fun walk at 9:15.

The cost is $25, or $10 for chil­dren age 12 and young­er.

Mean­while, fam­ily and friends of Al­isha Lev­in gathered this past Sat­urday morn­ing at Abing­ton’s Al­ver­thorpe Park for the second an­nu­al Me­mori­al Run to Re­mem­ber.

Lev­in, 33, who grew up on the 1300 block of Wells St. in Castor Gar­dens and gradu­ated from North­east High School in 1986, was killed when the plane crashed in­to the South Tower. She was work­ing for Fuji Bank, which lost 23 em­ploy­ees that day.

Pro­ceeds from the 5K run and walk be­nefited the Al­isha C. Lev­in Me­mori­al Fund, which be­ne­fits schol­ar­ships at her alma ma­ters, North­east High and Hof­stra Uni­versity, and oth­er char­it­ies.

Dona­tions can be sent to The Phil­adelphia Found­a­tion, 1234 Mar­ket St., Suite 1800, Phil­adelphia, PA 19107. Write “Al­isha C. Lev­in Me­mori­al Fund” on the memo line of the check.  ull;•

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