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John "Jack" Keohane
(1960 - September 11th, 2008) U.S.A.

John Keohane

September 11th victim

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A native of San Francisco, John had lived in the New York area for a year. He worked at One Liberty Plaza near the World Trade Center. After the planes hit the Trade Center towers, John met Mike Lyons, his partner of 17 years, on the street, and called his mother from his cell phone.

As he was talking, he had thought a third plane crashed into the building." What John thought was a third crash was really the collapse of the South tower of the World Trade Center. While Mike survived, John was killed by falling debris.

His family asked that memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Cancer Society, or the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay lobby group.

"They were running together, but because of Lyons' multiple sclerosis, he said, 'Go ahead and I'll catch up,'" said Matt Foreman, former executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York gay rights organization that formed a relief fund for partners of gay victims.

Foreman said that although Lyons suffered from MS and depended on Keohane for support, he was employed as a certified New York City social worker. Mike and John lived together in Jersey City, N.J.

Mike had a difficult time coping with Keohane's death and did not have a strong support system, according to several people who knew him. Tragically, Mike committed suicide March 1, 2002, on his 41st birthday.

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