Saturday, November 21, 2009
On Monday, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will rename a patrol boat after Amy Sweeney of Acton, a flight attendant on American Airlines flight 11, which was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The patrol boat will be renamed after Sweeney, who served as an American Airlines flight attendant for 14 years. She lived in Acton with her husband, Michael Sweeney — who was an environmental police officer — and their two small children, according to a press release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.The press release said: As the American Airlines flight was hijacked by the terrorists, Amy Sweeney contacted the airline’s ground services crew to convey critical information. Because of her heroism and brave spirit, the Commonwealth created the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery, which is awarded to Massachusetts citizens who demonstrate exceptional bravery, without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the life or lives of another or others in actual imminent danger. Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, state Environmental Police Director Col. Aaron Gross, American Airlines representatives and Environmental Police officers are slated to take part in the ceremony Monday at 11 a.m. at the Massport commuter pier next to the Hyatt Harborside Hotel.