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    Detroiter’s heroism to be honored during 9/11 memorial event


    Sgt. Sivad Johnson, a veteran Detroit firefighter who died saving two girls while off duty, was honored last year for his sacrifice.

    His courage and heroism will be recognized — again — this Friday as part of an event memorializing the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 who died thwarting a terrorist attack on 9/11. 

    The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial named Johnson one of four finalists for its inaugural Flight 93 Heroes Award. He was selected out of about 50 nominees nationwide for heroic acts in 2020.

    Donna Gibson, president of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, said the awards highlight the bravery of four “everyday people who in a crisis took action, just like those on-board Flight 93.”

    The group is set to announce the winner among the four in a ceremony at the memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the jet crashed nearly 20 years ago. 

    United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by four terrorists. But passengers and flight attendants learned from phone calls terrorists had hijacked airliners and targeted the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near the nation’s capital. 

    The passengers then stormed the aircraft’s cockpit, preventing the terrorists from hitting their target, which was likely the White House or U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C.

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