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on 9/11: in memory of Amy Sweeney


Growing up in Acton, Mass. I knew the hockey-playing Sweeney family. Maybe went to a party at their house. Nashua, NH native Amy Todd married Michael Sweeney and they had two children Anna and Jack. They lived in Acton. She’d been a flight attendant for 14 years.

Amy was the Flight 11 flight attendant who calmly and bravely provided integral seat information for Mohammed Atta and the other terrorists on Flight 11. I’m proud that she’s from my hometown.

Amy’s last words to American Airlines manager Micheal Woodward: “I see water. I see buildings. I see buildings! We are flying low. We are flying very, very low. We are flying way too low. Oh my God we are flying way too low. Oh my god!” (American 11 crashes)

Madeline “Amy” Sweeney’s name is inscribed on Panel N-74 of the National September 11 Memorial’s North Pool

Madeline Amy Sweeney 9-11 Memorial

There’s a Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery given annually to a Massachusetts resident who demonstrated “exceptional bravery, without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the life or lives of another or others in actual imminent danger.”


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