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House Considers Lee/Slaughter/Higgins Resolution Honoring Victims of Flight 3407

Feb 26, 2009
Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives considered H. Res. 183, a resolution introduced by Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407. The House is expected to pass the measure tomorrow.

The resolution also commends the heroic actions of first responders, emergency services personnel, air traffic controllers and the hundreds of volunteers who have given their time and energy to support those affected by this tragedy.

“This resolution is not nearly tribute enough to the memories of the victims and the courage of their families, and the echoes of the shock and grief we felt that long Thursday night are still with us. At the same time, the heroism of our first responders and the kindness of the volunteers remind us that even in tough times like these, families and communities come together, rally around each other, and do whatever they can to help those in need,” Congressman Lee said.

“The terrible tragedy that occurred on February 12th here in our backyard forever changed the way Western New Yorkers see the world,” said Congressman Higgins, who also spoke on the House floor in support of the resolution.  “We are devastated by loss of cherished lives, grieving for the families and friends of the victims, grateful for the professional actions of our first responders and inspired by the community response that reminds us why we live in and love this region.”  

“Today we pay tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy that devastated Western New York and honor the heroic first responders and volunteers for their tremendous efforts that sad night,” said Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.  “I stand in unity with my colleagues Congressman Lee and Congressman Higgins and state and local officials to continue providing any assistance we can to our community.”

The text of the resolution can be found below and online at https://chrislee.house.gov/uploads/Flight3407Res.pdf.

H. Res. 183

Expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, and for other purposes.

Whereas the people of New York have experienced a terrible tragedy with the loss of 50 lives in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009;

Whereas many of the victims of the crash were residents of New York, particularly of the close-knit Western New York community; and

Whereas Federal, State, and local officials have cooperated to respond to the emergency, investigate the accident, and provide assistance to families devastated by the loss of loved ones: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) expresses condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407;

(2) honors those who lost their lives, including David Borner, Linda Davidson, Ronald Davidson, Alison Des Forges, Beverly Eckert, John J. Fiore, Ronald Gonzalez, Brad S. Green, Sr., Zhaofang Guo, Kevin Johnston, Ellyce Kausner, Goerges Karm, Nicole Korczykowski, Jerome Krasuski, Brian Kuklewicz, Beth Kushner, Madeline Loftus, Lorin Maurer, Donald McDonald, Coleman Mellett, Dawn Monachino, Jennifer Neill, Gerry Niewood, Johnathan Perry, Mary E. Pettys, Donna Prisco, Matilda Quintero, Marvin Renslow, Julie M. Ries, John G. Roberts III, Kristin Safran, Rebecca Shaw, Ms. Jean Marie Srnecz, Darren Tolsma, Susan Wehle, Ernest W. West, Douglas Wielinski, Shibin Yao, Clay Yarber, and Joseph Zuffoletto, as well as 10 others;

(3) expresses sympathies to the people of Clarence Center, the entire State of New York, and the Nation who grieve for the victims;

(4) commends the heroic actions of the first responders, emergency services personnel, and air traffic controllers; and

(5) commends the hundreds of volunteers who worked together to respond to the tragedy with tremendous courage.