Like a Firefighter
As a little girl, Patricia McAneney was rarely without her toy fireman's hat. She grew up honest and conscientious, embodying the firefighter ideal. Ms. McAneney never joined the Fire Department, but her strong principles brought loyalty from friends and admiration from co-workers. She was the fire marshal of her floor of 1 World Trade Center, where she worked for the insurance company Guy Carpenter.
"If one of us committed a crime, Pat would be the last person we could go to because she would turn you in," said Margaret Cruz, who shared a home with Ms. McAneney for nearly 20 years. Ms. McAneney's droll sense of humor shined through when Ms. Cruz teased her about this. "She said she might give me a few hours' head start," Ms. Cruz said.
Phyllis Libretti, a friend since childhood, cherishes a plaque given to her by Ms. McAneney. It says:
The reason why we're such good friends/ is very plain to see
I understand the things you do/you have respect for me
No complicated folks are we/no striving to be clever
Yes, friends may come and friends may go/but we'll be friends forever
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 2, 2001.