Remembering Rich Guadagno on 9/11

 Posted by on September 11, 2015
Sep 112015

As I try to do every year, I'm posting a brief tribute to Rich Guadagno, a Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager (and enforcement agent) who died on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

A New Jersey native, Guadagno was the only passenger who actually had been trained as a law enforcement agent, and was known for his fearlessness, as when he arrested a man who had been shooting up kiosks and signs at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Gaudagno was not armed.

Speculating about his role on Flight 93, Dave Paullin, his supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. said, "Richard would have been one of the ones to intervene."

Rich Guadagno (from

Some more links

ESWR post from 2012

ESWR Sept 2001 issue, with story on Guadagno (see page 5)

Link to piece by Guadagno's girlfriend, Diqui LaPenta

USFWS remembers Rich Guadagno

United Flight 93 heroes

National Park Service link

San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 memorial page

Jacksonville father remembers son killed in 9/11 attacks (by Lewis Turner)

Dedication of national recreation trail in Oregon as Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail

Condolences on (will remain on site permanently)

Remembering Rich Guadagno

 Posted by on September 11, 2012
Sep 112012

Eleven years ago today, Fish and Wildlife Service employee Rich Guadagno joined other passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 to prevent the plane from being directed toward a target in Washington, D.C.

That's the best information we have, and that's how we choose to believe what happened in the skies above Pennsylvania.

Leaving aside all journalistic objectivity, on this anniversary of 9/11, I  salute the bravery of Rich Guadagno and the other passengers on the plane. Personally, I think Guadagno, who is virtually never mentioned in the accounts of Flight 93, had a lot more to do with the downing of that aircraft than is commonly understood.

Rich Guadagno

Link to piece by Guadagno's girlfriend

ESWR Sept 2001 issue, with story on Guadagno (see page 5)