Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying

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American Management Association, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 219 pages
On the morning of September 11, 2001, thousands of airline and airport professionals headed off for what they assumed would be just another day on the job. It was anything but. Approaching the fifth anniversary of that tragic day, the stories of the heroes and casualties among these dedicated air travel workers remain largely untold--until now. A compassionate and ultimately uplifting reflection on the nature of loss and the seeds of recovery, Reclaiming the Sky honors not only those workers who died doing their jobs, but also the ones that soldiered through on that day and in the aftermath, tirelessly piecing back together the fragments of a shattered industry--and indeed a critical social and economic force--while putting aside their own fears and grief.In conjunction with a website, reclaimingthesky.com--where readers can share their stories and thoughts--the book not only honors the heroes and casualties of 9/11, it also offers common ground to those seeking meaning, purpose and the strength to move forward.
 

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Contents

THE KENNIFER BENCH
1
Book One THAT DAY
7
AND KATHYRN
56
Chapter Nine MARK AND STEVE
63
Chapter Eleven WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE SORROW?
77
Chapter Twelve TOM
84
Chapter Seventeen KATHRYN AND CHIC
117
Chapter TwentyOne UNSUNG HEROES
142
Chapter Twenty Three DO WHAT YOU LOVE 15 5
155
Chapter TwentyFour THE SPACE
167
Chapter TwentyFive CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
175
Chapter TwentySix LETTING GO
184
Chapter TwentySeven KENNIFERS BENCH
192
Chapter TwentyEight RECLAIMINGTHESKY COM
201
Epilogue
209
Copyright

Chapter TwentyTwo DIRT THERAPY
149

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About the author (2007)

Tom Murphy has been an aviation industry trainer for more than twenty years. He is currently president of The Service Institute, whose Airport Ambassador Program offers training, incentives and promotion to help airport professionals meet and exceed the needs of air travelers. For the last few years, he has focused primarily on helping thousands of aviation professionals and their families in the wake of the September 11th attacks. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, and can be reached through this book's companion website, www.reclaimingthesky.com . The author's profits from all sales of Reclaiming the Sky will go to aviation-related charities, including the WINGS Foundation and the CAUSE Foundation which support American and United Airlines flight attendants.

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