Officer Alfonse Niedermeyer, a sixteen-year veteran of the Port Authority, knew about disasters. He was the recipient of a special citation for his role in rescuing passengers from US Air flight 405 when it skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport. His former coworker, retired Port Authority Officer Robert Fischer, called him “a born rescuer,” reported the New York Times. Officer Niedermeyer, forty, the son of a retired Port Authority operations supervisor, went to school in Bayside, Queens. He graduated from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1983 and in 2000 earned an M.A.E. from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. On September 11th , Niedermeyer had just gotten back from a two-week vacation and was back to his job with the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit. He rushed to the South Tower to assist with the rescue effort. He and his wife, Nancy, lived in Manasquan, New Jersey. They had two children – a son, A.J. and a baby daughter, Angelica Joy, who was born in May, 2002.