WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - In western Massachusetts, many communities took time Wednesday to remember those killed on 9/11 -- especially the ones who called our region 'home.' A service in West Springfield this morning honored Melissa Harrington-Hughes.
People who live and work in West Springfield took a somber moment Wednesday morning to remember those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.
But for Bob Harrington, it's something he's remembered every day for 12 years. His bright, beautiful daughter Melissa was on a business trip in one of the towers that day.
“She called me seven minutes after the plane hit the building, asking me what to do. I was basically the last person from the outside world she talked to,” he said.
Melissa's life ended before it was supposed to -- but she spent 31 years making her dad proud.
“She was hard working. She always wanted to get ahead and have the best job. She pushed hard her whole life to get where she was. She had been to every continent in the world except Antarctica,” Bob said.
Bob still finds joy in his daughter's accomplishments today... but more than a decade later, the Harringtons' heartache hasn't faded.
“It's hard. My wife has a hard time talking about it, but we all remember her in our different ways. I just don't want anyone to forget what happened that day,” Bob said.
Bob Harrington's final conversation with Melissa, he'll keep in his thoughts and in his heart forever -- His last words with his firstborn girl, were words of love.
“We told each other we loved each other and that was the end.”