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Beverly Eckert

February 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with the group, Voices of September 11th, on emergency preparedness issues. As you probably know by now, one the organization’s founders, Beverly Eckert, died this week with 49 other people in the crash of Flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York. She was an inspiration and a model for what average citizens can do to make change for the better. It is through the work of Beverly and other family members that we are a better prepared nation and people. Yet, even last week, Beverly was meeting with President Obama in Washington to push for more progress. 

Her Voices of September 11th co-founder, Mary Fetchet, sent a letter to members and friends of the group about Beverly’s passing, which I thought I would reprint below:

Dear Families and Friends,

It is with great sadness I am writing to inform you that our friend and colleague Beverly Eckert died tragically last night in a plane crash near Buffalo, New York.

After the death of her husband Sean Rooney on 9/11, Beverly joined me in co-founding Voices of September 11th to provide the 9/11 families a voice and advocate on their behalf. Beverly was passionate and deeply committed to improving the safety and security of Americans. She worked tirelessly to advocate for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and legislation based on its recommendations and more recently supported the implementation of the WMD Commission recommendations. Beverly was among the 9/11 family members who met with President Obama last Friday to discuss the closing of Guantanamo.

Beverly’s friendship, spirit and commitment were an inspiration to all those who had the privilege to work with her. It was an honor to know her and her friendship will be sorely missed. At this difficult time, we offer our heartfelt condolences and our prayers to her family and friends and all those in the 9/11 community whose life she touched.

As details about her memorial service become available, we will keep you informed. Please feel free to send your condolences to us at and we will forward them to Beverly’s family.

Warm Regards,

Mary and the VOICES Staff

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