Todd Beamer… A True Hero

True hero’s when faced with difficult decisions make them swiftly as did Todd Beamer when he made that 911 call from the plane. I read the full transcript for the first time yesterday. It was heart wrenching. His love for his family was abundant and obvious. He as well as his fellow passengers took matters into their own hands and saved additional lives while giving up their own.

A true hero. đź’”

Todd: Hello… Operator…listen to me…I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco.. We have a situation here….Our plane has been hijacked…..can you understand me?

Lisa: (exhaling a deep breath to herself) I understand… Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone?

Todd: No

Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane?

Todd: There are three that we know of.

Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?

Todd: Yes…. they don’t have guns….they have knives – they took over the plane with knives.

Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives?

Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters.

Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?

Todd: No…..I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east.

Lisa: Have they said what they want?

Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board. He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet.He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and… I’m telling you…it sounded fake!

Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name.Todd: My name is Todd Beamer.

Lisa: Ok Todd….my name is Lisa…Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket.

Todd: It’s United Flight 93.

Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened?

Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit. A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind.

Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open?Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them.Lisa: Has anyone been injured?

Todd: Yes, ..they…they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.

Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd?

Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane……….oh Jesus.. Help!

Lisa: Todd….are you ok? Tell me what’s happening!

Todd: Hello…..We’re going down….I think we’re going to crash……Wait – wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off….we’re ok. I think we may be turning around…..That’s it – we changed directions. Do you hear me….we’re flying east again.

Lisa: Ok Todd…. What’s going on with the other passengers?

Todd: Everyone is… really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center……Lisa is that true??

Lisa: Todd…..I have to tell you the truth…..it’s very bad. The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed.Todd: Oh God —help us!

Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack….and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan.

Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God…….Lisa, will you do something for me?

Lisa: I’ll try….if I can….Yes.

Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call..

Lisa: I promise – I’ll call.

Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073…….You have the same name as my wife…Lisa….We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her…….(choking up)..I’ll always love her..(clearing throat) We have two boys.. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1…..Tell them……(choking) tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. (clearing throat again) Our baby is due January 12th…..I saw an ultra sound…..it was great….we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy………Lisa?

Lisa: (barely able to speak) I’ll tell them, I promise Todd.

Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will…Lisa: Todd, leave this line open…are you still there?……

Lisa: (dials the phone..) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93….Yes I’ll hold.Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin.. I understand you have a hijacking situation?

Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed.Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination?Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east.Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson…I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone?Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call…hold a mo…..

Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there?

Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well.

Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all.

Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building.

Todd: I understand…hold on……I’ll…….I’ll be back..

Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington?

Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away.

Todd: (breathing a little heavier) The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic….We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me….I want you to hear this….I have talked with the others….we have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot.

Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do?

Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa, …..will you do one last thing for me?

Lisa: Yes…What is it?

Todd: Would you pray with me?They pray: Our father which art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name,Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive our trespassers,And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory. Forever…..Amen. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…He makes me to lie down in green pasturesHe leads me beside the still watersHe restores my soulHe leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sakeYea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of deathI will fear no evil, for thou art with me…..Todd: (softer) God help me…Jesus help me….(clears throat and louder)Are you guys ready?……..Let’s Roll……………………

20 Years…

As like many others I vividly remember that frightful day 20 years ago. I was about 6 weeks pregnant with my oldest Walker while working at Travelers Insurance. I don’t even think my boss knew at the time that I was pregnant.

It was like living in the twilight zone. We saw it but still couldn’t believe it. America was under attack right before our very eyes. The twin towers, the Pentagon, and flight 93 that didn’t complete their mission because of the brave souls aboard the plane. The rushed the cockpit and the plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania.

My generation had never seen this type of attack on American soil and it was frightening. Many of us were glued to the television waiting for additional information. Within hours my supervisor ran out of the building to join his other reservist to await further instructions. It was all becoming all too real. They let us go early that day and it was a long, lonely and very quiet ride home.

We would soon start to hear of loved ones and friends that were in the buildings. So many Americans came together that day for the soul purpose of helping one another. It didn’t matter who you were, how you were affiliated politically, or the color of your skin…. they were there to help. Americans banned together for one purpose. We were all Americans first that day. As one meme said lets live like it’s September 12th everyday.

Like many others I will never forget where I was, what I was doing and how I felt that day. Let’s never forget and remember loved ones that gave everything they had that day.

And just like that….

Just when you think things are moving in the right direction mask mandates may be coming back to Connecticut. As of now it is up to the business as it should be but our Governor tends to love his executive order power and may not be willing to give it up.

Many conversations about kids having to mask up. Frankly, I think it is quite ridiculous since they aren’t the age group that is spreading it. It should be up to the parents not the government. If people are vaccinated then what are they afraid of? I see people driving cars down the road with the windows open with masks. Yes there may be some medical reason but honestly I don’t get it. If people are that afraid to go out then there are plenty of services that they can use to get what they need.

How is it right for the government to determine what your child or anyone gets medically? Some people are okay with the government making medical decisions for them or their children but I am not. People need to stand back and look at this issue globally. If people don’t want to get vaccinated then that is their business but people seem to think it is their business as well. Interesting when you are making decisions for yourself and people don’t agree they make it about them.

Oh and another thing…. how’s the current administration doing? I have heard no positive words from anyone and that includes people that actually voting for them. At first they are saying what do you expect they have only been in office for two months. Well what do you have to say now? Crickets…. that’s all I hear. We all know there was fraud in this election and I am sure it wasn’t the first time but it is the first time they are being called out and questioned. If this administration was so worried about the spread of the virus than why are they letting people come from the southern border and many are kids with no parents? It’s human trafficking. No other explanation. Would you really send your kids across to another country with you to protect them?