As America recalls one of her saddest and most tragic days, we remember a man with a Fresno connection, whose bravery and heroism helped save countless lives. He has a park in northeast Fresno named after him: Todd Beamer.

Today, children play at Todd Beamer Park, at Maple & Plymouth avenues.

A splash pad helps cool youth on hot summer days.

A memorial placard remembers Beamer’s heroics.

On that fateful day, Beamer was aboard United Flight 93, scheduled from Newark to San Francisco. When hijackers commandeered the plane, Beamer is credited with saying, “Let’s roll.” He and his fellow passengers may have prevented the plane from crashing into the White House or U.S. Capitol.

Lisa Jefferson, who was on the other end of a phone conversation with Beamer, recalls this story in a  History Channel documentary.

Beamer and his fellow passengers re-took the plane. It crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

You can view portraits and biographies of Beamer, other passengers and the Flight 93 crew at this link.

Beamer attended Fresno State from 1987-88, with hopes of a baseball career that was ultimately prevented by injuries.

Services for U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Otis Vincent Tobert on Sept. 22, 2001, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Today we also remember Naval Lt. Commander Otis Vincent Tolbert, who died on 9/11 when one of the planes taken over by terrorists crashed into the Pentagon. You can read tributes to Tolbert at this Arlington National Cemetery link.

Today, the flag at Fresno State is at half-staff in honor of Tolbert, a former Fresno State football player and Lemoore resident, and Beamer. A Little League field in Lemoore was dedicated in Tolbert’s honor in March of 2011.

Beamer is survived by his wife and three children. Tolbert is survived by wife, Shari, and their three children.

About The Author

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science.

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