NEW YORK (PIX11) — Olivia Vilardi-Perez was just 10 when her father, Anthony Perez, died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and says she remembers everything from that fateful day.
Vilardi-Perez has a few precious memories of her dad, including sitting in the back of his truck and him letting her watch an R-rated movie.
“He was a jokester,” she said. “He had a huge love for people.”
After the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Vilardi-Perez said she began the healing process and asked family and her dad’s former colleagues about him, and she realized they share the same huge personality.
Vilardi-Perez joined PIX11 Morning News to talk about her loss.
Watch the full interview in the video player above.