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Todd Beamer
Born Todd Morgan Beamer
November 24, 1968 (1968-11-24)
Flint, Michigan
Died September 11, 2001 (aged 32)
Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Todd Morgan Beamer (November 24, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 who has been called a hero for his actions in the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1][2]

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Biography

Beamer attended Los Gatos High School, Wheaton Academy, DePaul University, California State University, Fresno and Wheaton College. In September 2001, he was an account manager for Oracle and resided in Cranbury, New Jersey, with his wife, Lisa Beamer, and two sons, David and Drew. His daughter, Morgan Kay, was born January 9, 2002, approximately four months after Beamer's death.

United Airlines Flight 93

After United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked, Beamer and other passengers communicated with people on the ground via in-plane and cell phones, and learned that the World Trade Center had been attacked using hijacked airplanes. Beamer tried to place a credit card call through a phone located on the back of a plane seat but was routed to a customer-service representative instead, who passed him on to GTE supervisor Lisa Jefferson. Beamer reported that one passenger was killed and, later, that a flight attendant had told him the pilot and co-pilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded. He was also on the phone when the plane made its turn in a southeasterly direction, a move that had him briefly panicking. Later, he told the operator that some of the plane's passengers were planning to "jump on" the hijackers. According to Jefferson, Beamer's last audible words were "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."[3]

After death

Beamer's phrase "Let's roll" was widely cited and later became a battle cry for those fighting Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.[4]

At least four facilities have been named for Beamer: a post office in Cranbury, New Jersey, Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Washington, the Todd M. Beamer Student Center at Wheaton College, and a neighborhood park in Fresno, California.

The Cranbury Post Office was dedicated to Todd Beamer on May 4, 2002 as a result of an Act of Congress authored by Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr.. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush.[5]

Beamer was posthumously awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2002.

References

  1. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/10/archive/main323865.shtml "Hijack Hero's Baby Born: Todd Beamer's Daughter Will Carry His Middle Name"], CBS News, January 10, 2002. Accessed September 7, 2008. "Lisa Beamer, the widow of one of the hero passengers who vowed to fight back before their hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, has given birth to a healthy baby girl. "
  2. ^ Pierce, Victoria. "Hero's wife handling spotlight", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), September 22, 2001. Accessed September 7, 2008. "Todd Beamer is among those being hailed as a hero for foiling several hijackers and perhaps preventing a fourth crash into a landmark building on Sept. 11."
  3. ^ McKinnon, Jim (2001-09-16). "The phone line from Flight 93 was still open when a GTE operator heard Todd Beamer say: 'Are you guys ready? Let's roll'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20010916phonecallnat3p3.asp. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  4. ^ Perl, Peter (2002-05-12). "Hallowed Ground". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A56110-2002May8&notFound=true. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Cranbury: Post Office Dedication to Todd Beamer". http://www.cranbury.org/gov/beamer.html. Retrieved 2009-04-27. "On Saturday, May 4th, a dedication ceremony was held at the Cranbury post office. The United States Postal Service dedicated Cranbury's post office to Todd Beamer, a Cranbury resident who gave his life aboard United flight 93 on September 11th" 

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