Samuel J

Samuel J

Hero: Sully Sullenberger

TYPE or PASTE your text There are about as many different definitions of a hero as there are heroes.  And, contrary to what some might say, our world is full of heroes.  But a hero is not necessarily someone who does something glorious or especially courageous. I hero is someone who fulfills his or her task faithfully and with dignity. A hero is also someone that reacts with grace under pressure.  Any one person could perform the hero’s task; but the hero is able to perform under the most difficult of circumstances.  Finally, and most important, the hero puts the well-being of other before himself or herself.  Brilliant and courageous are the only two words I can think to describe when talking about Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549.

Captain Sullenburger, III (born January 23, 1951) is a retired airline captain, aviation safety expert, best-selling author, accident investigator, and consultant and speaker. Sullenberger recieved an award as a national hero in the U.S. when he did an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. At age of 12, his IQ was high enough to join Mensa International, a non profit organization and the largest high IQ society in the world. In addition to his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Sullenberger also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Sullenberger is married to fitness expert Lorrie Sullenberger,with whom he has two adopted daughters Kate and Kelly.

On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger was the pilot of an Airbus A320 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The flight was designated as US Airways Flight 1549. Almost immediately after lifting off, Sullenberger radioed to air traffic control that the plane had hit a large flock of birds, disabling both engines. Several passengers saw the left engine on fire Sullenberger discussed with air traffic control the possibilities of trying to either returning to LaGuardia airport or attempting to land at the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. He quickly decided that neither was possible, and determined that ditching in the Hudson River was the only option for everyone’s survival. Sullenberger told the passengers to “brace for impact,” he then coasted the plane to the Hudson River at about 3:31 p.m. All passengers and crew members survived the crash landing. He is a role model to all other all pilots for his heroic actions on that day.  He was instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course that is used by US Airways, and he has taught the course to hundreds of airline crew members.

In my mind, the most important aspects of a hero is to put others before oneself.  We have all read and heard many times how the Captain walked down the aisles twice to make sure everyone was out of the jet before he himself abandoned ship. But, equally important, from the moment of lift off, Captain Sullenberger took his responsibility of flying that jet seriously.

He knew as always that the lives of everyone on that jet were completely in his hands.  So everything he did in preparation for lift off, during the short flight, and during the frightening minutes of the emergency landing had the safety of the people on board in mind. It is good that he is not boastful.

But his humility started with his taking the lives of others as more important than his own during those terrifying moments, His quick reaction to land the plain in the river saved his life and all the passengers on board flight 1549. That is truly humble and heroic.

Captain Sullenburger is a perfect example of a hero in my eyes. His caring and courageous personality really add to how great of a person he is. He also served in the military for 5+ years.

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