That was a day that I and [my] family will never forget.[Today, 2015] I live with my husband in Horicon, WI and have three children and one granddaughter.” Sister of Peter Minerva.I remember we all held hands going outside and she said not to look back.” Sister of Debbie Taliani.“If I had been born in December of 1951, instead of January of 1952, I would have been in second grade on December 1, 1958, which means I would have been in the main building on Avers and Iowa. I believe that God had not intended me to be in 2nd grade, in the main building, on the tragic day.”“I was in first grade on the second floor of one of the [Hamlin Street] buildings.Instead, I was in 1st grade at Joseph Hall down the street on Hamlin Ave. On the day of the fire, my mother was walking to school to pick me up.Clara lived on Thomas Street at the time of the fire along with her parents Philip and Jessie Di Maso and, sister Rose Marie. I do not remember their names, but I would like to thank them for getting me home safely. I remember hearing the sirens and seeing the fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances all going very fast, westbound on Chicago Avenue.
She led us out of the building and kept us from being so frightened.He is married with 2 children and lives in Downers Grove, IL.Michael is also an accomplished jazz flutist and has produced the only known music memorial dedicated to this fire and his fallen classmates entitled Angels of Fire on Southport Records.As she recalls, “It was almost the end of the school day and I remember a few moms running into our classroom hysterically crying. Many of the students in my class were upset because they had older brothers or sisters in [main] the school building. When my mom returned home that evening, everything that she was wearing reeked of smoke.”Richard escaped without injury and today  is a Chicago Police Officer.“While working in the Special Operations Sections, I would often return to the site of Our Lady of the Angels School.
Meanwhile, in our classroom, we heard the many sirens and as was the custom, stopped what we were doing to say a 'Hail Mary'.