Robert Cirri: A Second Turn at
and Eileen Cirri met when she was an emergency room nurse
and he was moonlighting as a paramedic. "There was this
weird, electric charge," Mrs. Cirri said. She had not
believed in love at first sight until then.
It was the second marriage for both. The Cirris had a
merged family, with three of her children and three of
his, ages 17, 16, 15, 14, 13 and 12.
Lieutenant Cirri, a member of the Port Authority
Police Department, had about 10 ham radios operating at
their home in Nutley, N.J., and helped shore up the
state's emergency communications systems. One of the
repeaters he set up for the Hudson County Office of
Emergency Management was working on Sept. 11, with his
voice, and his friends are keeping it. "His voice is
still going on, as we speak," Mrs. Cirri said. "It's
still keying up every 15 minutes on that repeater, out in
She found another remnant of him when she tried to log
on to his e-mail and found he had chosen her first name
as his password.
Lieutenant Cirri's body was found with the bodies of
four other officers and that of a woman they had been
trying to carry out in a rescue chair.