Retired flight attendant remembers colleagues lost on 9/11
By André Coleman 09/12/2012
Pasadena resident and retired United Airlines flight attendant Barbara Dorger is doing her part to make sure no one forgets crewmembers who served on the four planes hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
To celebrate the memory of the lost crewmembers on the four 9/11 flights, Dorger has designed a wing-shaped pin that reads: “Our 33.” The pins come with a poem she wrote, inspired by their acts of bravery. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.
“I want the crews that died on 9/11 to be acknowledged as heroes,” Dorger said. “Crews on the first two airplanes told their companies about the killing of the pilots, the stabbing of the flight attendants and of mace gas being sprayed in the cabins. These were things that had never happened before on an airline, and as the information came in from each of the four flights, it confirmed that our country was under a major attack.
The 33 flight crew members who lost their lives on 9/11 were:
American Airlines Flight 11 (World Trade, North Tower): Captain John Ogonowski, Co-pilot Thomas McGuinnes, and Flight Attendants Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Jean Roger, Betty Ong, Dianne Snyder and Amy Sweeney.
United Airlines Flight 175 (World Trade, South Tower): Captain Victor Saracini, Co-pilot Michael Horrocks and Flight Attendants Robert Fangman, Amy Jerret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou and Alicia Titus.
American Airlines Flight 77 (Pentagon): Captain Charles “Chick” Burlingame, Co-pilot David Charlebois and Flight attendants Michelle Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis and Renee May.
United Airlines Flight 93 (Shanksville): Captain Jason Dahl, Co-pilot Leroy Homer Jr. and Flight Attendants Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, Cee Cee Lyles and Deborah Welsh.
“Our 33” wing pins are available at barbaradorger.com and through the airlines’ Clipped Wings and the Retired Flight Attendants Association (RAFA).