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September 11

Three who shined after 9/11

American Flight 11 cruised over the Pioneer Valley at 29,000 feet on that placid Sept. 11 morning about half an hour before it wrought its horror. But it was in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks that three UMass Amherst alumni stepped up to deliver leadership and healing.

One month after 9/11, Jim Kallstrom, a 1966 graduate and retired senior FBI official, took a leave from his private sector job to become New York State’s director of public safety. In his role, he headed up counterterrorism planning and operations for the state that had literally and figuratively become ground zero for the nation’s response to the terror attacks.

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