Flight 93 Heroes Award

Inspired by the approaching 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, and in memory of the heroism displayed by the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 in the skies over Pennsylvania, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial has created the first annual Flight 93 Heroes Award.

This national award will be presented each year to individuals who have demonstrated remarkable acts of selfless courage in their community, anywhere in the United States. 

The Flight 93 Heroes Award will allow the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial to identify and recognize selfless acts of heroism from citizens all across this great country. This year's national winner will be announced ahead of the 20th Commemoration of 9/11.

First-Annual Flight 93 Heroes Award National Recipient: 

The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial announced the recipient of the first annual Flight 93 Heroes Award during a special ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Friday, September 10, one day before the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This year's national recipient is Sivad Johnson. On Aug. 21, 2020, Johnson jumped into a river when he heard three girls screaming for help. The Detroit off-duty firefighter was helping the girls when authorities believe he got caught in a rip current and died. The girls were all saved.

2020 National Finalists:

The Friends of Flight 93 are proud to announce the first nominees ever selected for the award that honors the courageous actions of the 40 passengers and crew members onboard Flight 93 who thwarted a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Flight 93 Heroes Award finalists:

Justin Gavin

On Sept, 9, 2020, Gavin saw a mother and three children in a burning car and jumped into action. He rescued all four before flames completely engulfed the vehicle in Waterbury, Conn.

Read more here.

Terry Ingram

On Jan. 9, 2020, Ingram was photographing eagles in Bellevue, Neb. when he witnessed a car plunge upside down into a freezing pond. He jumped into the icy water and pulled three men out of the vehicle.

Read more here.

Sivad Johnson

On Aug. 21, 2020, Johnson jumped into a river when he heard three girls screaming for help. The Detroit off-duty firefighter was helping the girls when authorities believe he got caught in a rip current and died. The girls were all saved.

Read more here.

Red Tate

On Nov. 27, 2020, Tate saw a truck strike a car, which then went down an embankment in Dekalb County, Ga. Tate pulled a man out of the car. Moments later the vehicle exploded into flames.

Media contact:

Public Relations: Steve Aaron - [email protected], (717) 554-8614

Media: Jeanette Krebs - [email protected], (717) 418-6106

News:

9/7/2021 - Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial Announces Four Heroes Award Finalists

9/1/2021 - Media Advisory: Announcement of First Annual Flight 93 Heroes AwardAnnouncement of First Annual Flight 93 Heroes Award

7/8/2021 - Selection Panel that Includes Flight 93 Families Created for Flight 93 Heroes Award

6/3/2021 - Former 9/11 Government Leaders Join Call for Nominations for Flight 93 Heroes Award

5/10/2021 - 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Inspires Search for Sefless Heroes Across America | New York Times | Associated Press | Today Show | Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

2021 Nominations:

Click here to nominate someone for the 2022 Flight 93 Heroes Award!

Honor the Flight 93 Heroes:

You can support the memory of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 by donating today at 911Flight93.org

Special thanks to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for making the Flight 93 Heroes Award possible.