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August 01, 2012
Second foto in sequence, firefigher in striped civilian shirt is Frank Roache - career Logan fireman and my uncle.
I was 12 and we were living at a campground in Freeport, Maine, when this happened. I can vividly remember being at the laundromat in Freeport with my mom and reading about this in the Boston Globe. I particularly remember a story about a man who missed the plane for some reason, and how sad but grateful he was that he wasn't on it.
Anyone who lived in Boston at that time remembers this terrible tragedy. Someone I know was working at Logan at that time, "out in the field." Naturally all normal work stopped and he was recruited to give them a hand. He still hates to fly. What I didn't know or forgot until reading this was the unscheduled stop in Manchester, NH, to pick up passengers who were stranded there due to a cancelled flight due to fog. So sad!
This was a horrible, horrible disaster that brought true catastrophic images right into the hands of every Globe reader at the time. I remember several photos that were graphic but noteworthy of the Globe's efforts to provide unfiltered reporting. For months we all rooted for the lone survivor to pull through but all the good thoughts and excellent medical care were not enough to save him. May all their memories be a blessing.