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Friends of Flight 93

Those 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93 were the ultimate definition of brave, heroic, and courageous.

They forced their hijacked plane down into a field near Shanksville to prevent a bigger attack on the United States Capitol Building two decades ago.

Now, the Friends of Flight 93 organizers are asking people from all over the country to think about somebody heroic in their life.

“The sad part is, the further we get away from the event, the less people know about what happened on that day,” said Donna Gibson, Board of Directors President.

To help people remember, the organization developed their first ever Friends of Flight 93 Heroes Award to find extraordinary people who embody the spirit of those brave souls on Flight 93.

The winner will receive $5,000 in cash from the PA Society.

“I hope that the award helps to bring to light what the 40 passengers and crew members did here at Flight 93, because that really is our mission: to honor and remember those individuals,” .

Four finalists for the award were selected this week:

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

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 as it was sinking.

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.

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.

“We hope that it brings awareness to America about what those people did, and that it also helps to recognize other people in America who are also putting themselves in harm’s way to help others through their bravery and courage,” Gibson said.

The winner of the Friends of Flight 93 Heroes Award will be announced on Friday.

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