Todd Beamer: Remembering United Flight 93: 'Let's Roll'
As the world remembers the events of September 11th 2001, some names will stand out as heroes to many, who did what they could to try to save their country and their lives.
One of those names was Todd Beamer.
Todd was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that was hijacked when it was on its way from Newark International Airport to San Francisco but was diverted toward Washington DC.
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.
Todd spoke to Lisa telling her that one passenger was dead and was on the phone when the plane turned and changed course. He planned with some of the other passengers to jump on the hijackers. Lisa Jefferson said that the last words she heard Beamer say were "Are you guys ready? Let's roll".
He was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter that was born four months after his death.
His phrase 'let's roll' became a battle cry for soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. Todd has had four facilities named after him, and was posthumously awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2002.