Todd Beamer

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Todd Beamer
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Born Todd Morgan Beamer
November 24, 1968 (1968-11-24)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Died September 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 32)
Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Cause of death
Plane crash (September 11 attacks)
Religion Christian and Missionary Alliance

Todd Morgan Beamer (November 24, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was one of the passengers who tried to reclaim the aircraft from the hijackers, leading them to crash it into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Biography

Beamer was born to David and Peggy (née Jackson) Beamer, the middle child of three and only son.[3] He attended Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College, before going on to DePaul University and California State University, Fresno. In September 2001, he was an account manager for Oracle and resided in Cranbury, New Jersey with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, David and Drew. Beamer and his wife taught Sunday school at their church for six years. His daughter, Morgan Kay,[1] was born January 9, 2002, four months after Beamer's death.[citation needed]

Flight 93

After United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked, Beamer and other passengers communicated with people on the ground via airphones and cell phones, and learned that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 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.[4] According to accounts of cell phone conversations, Beamer, along with Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick formed a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers, and led other passengers in this effort.[5] Later, he told the operator that some of the plane's passengers were planning to "jump on" the hijackers and fly the plane into the ground before the hijackers' plan could be followed through. Beamer also recited 23rd Psalm with Jefferson. According to Jefferson, Beamer's last audible words were "Are you guys ready? Okay, let's roll."[4]

Legacy

Beamer’s name is located on Panel S-68 of the National September 11 Memorial’s South Pool, along with those of other passengers of Flight 93.

At least five facilities have been named after Beamer: a post office in Cranbury; the Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Washington; the Todd M. Beamer Student Center at Wheaton College in Illinois, and Todd Beamer Park in Fresno, California.[6]

The Cranbury post office was dedicated to 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.[7]

The passengers of Flight 93, including Beamer, were posthumously awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2002.[8][9]

At the National 9/11 Memorial, Beamer and other passengers from Flight 93 are memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-68.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Hijack Hero's Baby Born: Todd Beamer's Daughter Will Carry His Middle Name". CBS News. January 10, 2002. Retrieved January 2, 2013. "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, 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. ^ Beamer, Lisa; Ken Abraham (2003). Let's Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage. Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN 0-8423-7418-3. 
  4. ^ a b 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? Okay. Let's roll...'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ "Unexpected legacy left by hero of Flight 93". Yahoo! News. September 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "CITY OF FRESNO WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO 9/11 HERO AT PARK GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FRIDAY". City of Fresno. February 24, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cranbury: Post Office Dedication to Todd Beamer". 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" 
  8. ^ "Flight 93 passengers selected for Ashe Award". Associated Press/ESPY Awards. 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Arthur Ashe Award: Flight 93 Passengers". ESPN. 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ Todd M. Beamer. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved October 28, 2011.

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