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McNerney introduces resolution honoring US Airlines pilot

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 2:00 pm in Congress, congressional district 11.

Chesley B. Sullenberger III

Chesley B. Sullenberger III

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has introduced a resolution in Congress to honor U.S. Airlines pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville.

Sullenberger, for those of you who have been in a cave, heroically landed a disabled airliner in the Hudson River, New York, and all passengers and crew were rescued.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, also joined in praising Sullenberger, stating that “Captain Sullenberger and his crew exemplify professionalism and selflessness, and they are an example for us all. 150 Americans are alive today because of the training and dedication shown by the pilot and crew.”

Read on for the press release and the resolution text:

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) introduced a resolution honoring the “Hero of the Hudson,” Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, a Danville resident and pilot of US Airways flight 1549.

The resolution, H. Res. 75, honors Mr. Sullenberger and the entire airplane crew for their quick thinking and deft actions in saving the lives of all aboard and preventing any casualties on the ground when US Airways flight 1549 experienced difficulty within minutes of takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

H. Res. 75, introduced by Rep. McNerney, is cosponsored by other members of the California Congressional delegation.

The text of the resolution is both pasted below and can be found on Rep. McNerney’s web site at http://mcnerney.house.gov/pdf/Honoring_Sullenberger_1-21.pdf.

RESOLUTION

Honoring Chesley B. ‘‘Sully” Sullenberger III and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for their heroism, calm under pressure, and dedication to the safety of passengers on board.

Whereas on January 15, 2009, Chesley B. ‘‘Sully” Sullenberger III piloted US Airways Flight 1549, destined for Charlotte, North Carolina, from New York’s LaGuardia Airport;

Whereas 155 people were on board Flight 1549;

Whereas the plane experienced difficulty within minutes of takeoff;

Whereas Mr. Sullenberger’s quick thinking and heroic actions allowed him to set down the plane in the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board and avoiding any casualties on the ground in the densely-populated New York metropolitan area;

Whereas after ditching in the Hudson River and assisting all passengers in evacuating the aircraft, Mr. Sullenberger walked the length of the plane twice to ensure that all passengers had safely exited;

Whereas Mr. Sullenberger has close to 40 years of flying experience, including 7 years in the United States Air Force and nearly 30 years with US Airways;

Whereas Mr. Sullenberger is committed to flight safety and has worked as a safety instructor for his airline; in addition, he developed safety guidelines for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and

Whereas thanks to the heroism, grace, calmness, determination, and dedication honored by Mr. Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, 155 lives were saved and many more were spared:

Now, therefore, be it:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives-

(1) honors Chesley B. Sullenberger III as the ‘‘Hero of the Hudson”;

(2) commends Chesley B. Sullenberger III for his display of courage; and

(3) praises Chesley B. Sullenberger III not only for his commitment to the safety of the passengers on his plane, but for his safety-related efforts with respect to the airline industry as a whole.

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  • Bradley A. Blakeman

    I knew it was just a matter of time when a politician would find a way to politicize the heroism of US Air Captain Sullenberger. Like millions of Americans I tuned into Saturday’s live television coverage of the Danville Hometown Ceremonies honoring their most famous resident, Captain Sullenberger. The Master of Ceremonies was Mayor Newell Arnerich a Democrat. The tragic accident occurred on January 18, 2009. President Bush while still our President called Captain Sullenberger to offer his congratulations. Yet, mysteriously there was no mention of President Bush in the Proclamation read by Mayor Arnerich. Curiously, there was the mention and inclusion of President Obama. The omission of President Bush was intentional and political. The Mayor and the City Council should be ashamed of themselves. To politicize this event is a disgrace and brings great shame on their town.

  • Arne Simonsen

    I also caught the oversight by Mayor Arnerich (I’m fairly sure that it was an oversight); but if it wasn’t, I’m sure that one of the other four Danville Council Members (who just happen to be Republicans) will mention it.

    Other than that, I thought Mayor Newell Arnerich did a masterful job MCing the event.