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Heroes

Frankie Housley

01.19.09 | Comment?

With the successful splashdown of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, it’s worth remembering the story of Frankie Housley. Ms. Housley was only 24 years old and a flight attendant with National Air Lines when one afternoon in 1951 she was called upon to be a hero.

She was aboard a DC-4 when it skidded off an icy runway in Philadelphie, ending up aflame in a ditch. Frankie kept her calm and calmed those around her, escorting the passengers to the emergency door and seeing the safely to the ground. The last passengers to escape were Brenda Joyce and her two year old daughter. Joyce’s baby was still on board, and Housley went back into the smoke and flames to look for her.

And found her. When they pulled Housley’s body from the wreckage she held the infant cradled in her arms.

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