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Tom Burnett : biography

May 29, 1963 - September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, Burnett was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks. He died when the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Flight 93

On September 11, 2001, while on board United Airlines Flight 93, Burnett sat next to passenger Mark Bingham. Burnett called his wife, Deena, after hijackers took control of the plane. During his second call to her, she related to him that the Towers of the World Trade Center had collapsed.Vulliamy, Ed (December 1, 2001). . The Guardian. Upon learning of the situation, Deena, a former flight attendant, recalled her training and urged Burnett to sit quietly and not draw attention to himself, but Burnett instead informed her that he and three other passengers, Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer and Jeremy Glick, were forming a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers, and leading other passengers in this effort.. Yahoo! News. September 2, 2011. He also told Deena not to worry. Burnett and several other passengers stormed the cockpit, foiling the hijackers' plan to crash the plane into the White House, and forced it to crash in a Pennsylvania field, killing all 44 people on board.

Tributes and memorials

Tom Burnett memorial flag in Bloomington, Minnesota. On September 14, 2001, the Jefferson High School football team wore on their helmets the number 10, in honor of Burnett, who wore that number when he played at Jefferson High.

In March 2002, Bradley Street, a small street in Pleasanton, California that runs outside the headquarters of Thoratec Corp., where Burnett worked, was renamed Tom Burnett Lane.

On September 11, 2002, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota dedicated the Tom Burnett 9/11 Memorial near the Nordstrom Court, with Burnett's loved ones in attendance.. Mall of America Blog. April 14, 2012.

In 2002, Burnett, along with Beamer, Bingham and Glick, were posthumously awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.. Associated Press/ESPN. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

A post office in his hometown of Bloomington, Minnesota was renamed the Thomas E. Burnett, Jr. Post Office.. Library of Congress. Retrieved March 20, 2013.. Government Printing Office. Retrieved March 20, 2013.

Every May, Oak Grove Middle School students volunteer for a Thomas Burnett Day of Service. At Jefferson High School, Burnett's former teammates created a memorial to honor him situated between two football practice fields. The school's hallways display photos of Burnett and his jersey, which was retired on September 5, 2002, at Bloomington Arena during the game between Bloomington and their rival, Bloomington Kennedy. A memorial scholarship was started in his honor, and a collection of his favorite books was placed in the school's media center. A white oak tree was planted in front of Saint Edward's Catholic Church in Bloomington, where Burnett was confirmed, and where his funeral was held. A large fieldstone in front of the tree is inscribed with the passage from the Book of John 15:13: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends".

In 2008, the building in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire to which Thoratec Europe Limited (Thoratec Corporation's European distribution arm based in Great Britain), moved its headquarters was renamed Burnett House.. Thoratec Corporation. Retrieved March 20, 2013.

In mid-2002 Deena Burnett and her daughters moved from San Ramon back to Little Rock, Arkansas, near where she grew up and where her family still lives. In 2006, Deena married Rodney Bailey, a divorced Little Rock insurance agent with a teenage son, that she met in early 2004. She co-authored a book with Anthony Giombetti entitled Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves. The book is published by Advantage Inspirational and was released in July 2006. Fighting Back recounts the difficulties in getting the FBI to release cockpit voice recorder tapes from United 93 to the public, and includes Deena's thoughts on the nature of heroism.

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