Paul Ortiz Jr.

Paul Ortiz Jr.
World Trade Center

'He Took Care of Us'

At 21, Paul Ortiz Jr. was already on his way to getting everything he wanted. He doted on his wife, Star, whom he had met in college, and was immensely proud of their baby, Rebecca Brianna, born just nine months ago.

Mrs. Ortiz said her husband carried around pictures of his daughter to show to everyone, and spent much of his time at home in their Brooklyn apartment playing with her and feeding her. "He took care of us," she said. "Whatever we needed, he would get, no matter what he had to do to get it."

And he loved his job at Bloomberg, where he was a computer technician. The first gift he gave Rebecca was a toy truck with the Bloomberg logo on it, Mrs. Ortiz said. "He loved his company so much, and he loved the fact that the truck said Bloomberg Company on it," she said. "I told him, `No, don't give that to her because that's for a boy,' but he didn't care."

Mr. Ortiz worked at the company's offices on Park Avenue, but on Sept. 11, he was setting up a conference to be held at Windows on the World.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 3, 2001.

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