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Life in the spotlight

Original post made on Sep 28, 2009

Lorrie Sullenberger, wife of "Hero of the Hudson" Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger spoke to a packed house Wednesday at the Alamo Women's Club about the day of the air crash on Jan. 15. She described how the lives of her and her family were forever changed by the miraculous landing.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, September 27, 2009, 7:38 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by Jayne Schnittker, a resident of Alamo
on Sep 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

We are so proud to have people like the Sullenberger's in our vicinity. They are the "real deal's" and when relatives back in the Mid-west share things with us, that were in their paper; they ask if these people are as outstanding, as it seems. We proudly say Yes, from all reports----they really are! Sorry to have missed the luncheon, but it must have really been a great one, with Lorrie Sullenberger there speaking. Bless you, Sullenberger's. Everyone in the area, is so proud to have you, as part of our community.

Posted by Ricko, a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2009 at 8:44 am

Okay...enough is enough. Yes he landed the aircraft in the water and no one was seriously injured. Maybe if all eye's were looking forward and the Mr. Sullenberger was at the controls and not his co-pilot, things would be different.

And Jayne don't be so quick to make a statement that "everyone in the area is proud to have you".

By the way, pilot's land everyday and guess what...landing on concrete can be just as challenging.

Yes, it was a great landing, but any pilot...every landing is a great landing.

Posted by Diane, a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I'm proud to have them as (almost)neighbors! My neighbor is a commercial pilot and was very impressed. I'll go with that sentiment.

I missed the event, but I have no doubt that being thrust into the spotlight was life changing - and as I recall, Mr. S was uncomfortable with the level of hero worship coming his way. I'll take him as a pilot any day.

Posted by Dave, a resident of Alamo
on Sep 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Hey Ricko, America needs some real heros. Sure he got plenty of "air time" and I was glad to see it... I'm very gald to have him in our community as well. I have friends that live on his street in Danville and he's the real deal. My hat's off to him....He's welcome at my campfire anytime.


Posted by Ricko, a resident of Danville
on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Hey Dave,Diane and Jayne...I'm not saying he's a great pilot. I'm just saying enough is enough guys. A hero, please a hero is a person that does something beyond the call of DUTY, DUTY... I'm sure he's a real great guy, not a hero. He landed the aircraft and did a great a hero would be a person that saved a person that may have fallen into the Hudson River...pulled him out and ultimately saved their life...that's a hero, that wasn't his job to risk his own life to save someone else. Beyond the call of DUTY...DUTY...Sully did his job and did it right.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

Sully accomplished a miracle. He is a man of incredible discipline and courage to be able to stay cool and land that plane on the water. Ricko, spend less time splitting hairs over what is a hero and figure out what you could do to be half the man of Sully.

Posted by Ricko, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

Hey Rick, do you mean doing something like giving up my job, care-giving 24/7 to my wife while dying of terminal cancer, doing things while care-giving that would get a grown man sick to their stomach, spending at least 10 hour's a month in ER, spending 12 hours a month holding my wife's hand while she is getting injected with Chemotherapy drugs, spending 24 hours a day watching my wife I'm not a hero Rick, I'm just a person doing my job. People that do their job and do it well are not hero's. Rick I wish a very good.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2009 at 8:49 am

You spend 24/7 taking care of your wife, yet find time to split hairs in a way that diminishes another man's accomplishment. Bizarre. Anyway, chemotherapy be damned. It's a placebo, little more effective than medieval leeching. It's all New Galenism. People with such ailments need vitamins, minerals, good sleep, activity, good ocean air. Insomnia is wreaking havoc on the modern world. One reason is lack of nutrition. Two the modern worlds technology induces hyperstimulation. Three: people are not right with themselves. The modern world is sorely lacking in spirituality and true social guidance. This all induces a lack of sleep. Our consciences gnaw at us at night. Sleep is the ultimate healer. Real sleep; not ambien or other drugged sleep. Sleep strengthens the immune system, which is vital in conquering all disease, including cancer. Big Pharma and the like own the modern medical industry. It is truly an example of the fox watching the hen house.

Posted by Diane, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

Ricko, my very best to you and your wife. Sadly, your experience is all too familiar to me and my family. At the end of the day we are limited in what we can accomplish toward extending life, but it sounds like you have been there for your wife in a very meaningful way. Maybe you are not a hero, but devotion is pretty cool too.

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