STATE HOUSE PAUSES TO REMEMBER 9/11 ATTACKS, VICTIMS [+VIDEO]
By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017....Family members who experienced searing loss 16 years ago gathered at the State House Monday for solemn ceremonies to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and to honor courageous acts.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito reminded the audience in the House chamber of the heroism exhibited by Madeline "Amy" Sweeney, who was a flight attendant on the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center. Before the crash, Sweeney relayed critical information about the hijackers to officials on the ground.
The Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was created by the Legislature in 2003, and this year's award ceremony was tinged with tragedy. The recipient, Jaydon Dancy, was killed by a commuter rail train in June at the age of 11 in his hometown of Salem, less than a year after he swam out to save a kayaker in distress, Polito said.
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