Monday, September 11, 2006

The unsung heroes of 9/11

The firefighters, police officers, the passengers aboard United 93 and a few average citizens get a lot of coverage for being heroes on September 11th, 2001, but there are a couple groups that I think don't get nearly enough credit.

The first group is the nation's air traffic controllers. These people not only handled the first reports of the hijackings and talked to some of the four planes' passengers and crew members, but when the unprecedented order came down, they worked to bring thousands of commercial and civilian aircraft to quick and safe landings. It simply amazes me that not one accident happened during all that chaos.

The second group is the crew members in those planes. The flight and cabin crews no doubt were put to the test without initially understanding why. They not only had to land the planes, but had to keep passengers calm. Perhaps some word of the 9/11 hijackings reached the passengers and crew of some or all the planes and they might have been worried that they were next. I don't know since these events aren't really covered much. Whatever the case, they did their jobs superbly.

All this really goes to prove just how level-headed dedicated, and skilled these people are and they must be commended along with all the other heroes from that day.



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