September 11, 2001
United Airlines flight 93 was flying to San
Francisco. Andrew Garcia was coming home to his family that included
his daughter Kelly, who was my neighbor, but the plane crashed in
Pennsylvania. Terrorists had hijacked flight 93, resulting in the death of everyone
The passengers knew, from cell
phone calls, what was happening to other airplanes that morning.
They took control away from the terrorists and prevented an even
After this tragedy Kelly moved home to be with her mother. That
is how I lost a favorite neighbor. I used to leave flowers, herbs,
or tomatoes from the garden on her porch. She'd wave while casting a
friendly grin each time she cruised by in her car, or stop and chat. But not anymore. She's gone.
Kelly moved away.
who know him talk about his values"
|Andrew Garcia with daughter Kelly.
Photo taken at his birthday just a few weeks before he was killed.
Andrew Garcia, 62, of Portola Valley,
was an industrial products salesman who had become a grandfather for
the first time 8 months ago.
He leaves a wife, son and two
daughters. "He's not only my dad but my best friend,"
his son, Andrew Garcia Jr., told the Los Angeles Times
America is hailing the 37 passengers and 7 crewmembers on Flight 93
as heroes. Calls from Glick, Burnett, Beamer and
Bingham offer the most compelling evidence of an onboard rebellion.
There was Andrew Garcia, 62,
of Portola Valley, Calif., returning from a meeting. His family got
a call, they think from him, but only one word, "Dorothy,"
his wife's name, was heard before the line went dead. The Garcias
think he would have joined any insurrection.