To most of us, if we heard the name of Beverly Eckert, we wouldn’t hesitate to ask who she is. But to some people, the name Beverly Eckert means a lot.
The Buffalo News is carrying an article by Sharon Lindstedt and Dale Anderson titled “Beverly Eckert, widow of 9/11 victim, was aboard Flight 3407” that reports that a notable widow of a 9/11 victim was on the tragic flight that crashed last night.
The crash is somewhat mysterious as to the lack of intensity from the crew right before the plane was out of contact.
Flight 3407 was a Continental Express flight via turbojet that crashed killing all 49 aboard and a person on the ground.
But, the story we’re looking at is Beverly Eckert. Who is she?
Beverly Eckert is the widow of Sean Rooney, a Buffalo native, who was killed in the terrorist attack of 9/11. She is the co-chair of “Voices of 9/11” that seeks to aid those who lost family and friends in the tragic holocaust of that time. It also seeks to give rise to legislation that will prevent this type of thing from happening again and finally to remember those who lost their lives.
Beverly Eckert, however, goes deeper than this organization. If Sarah Palin is a Pit-bull with lipstick, then Eckert is the atomic bomb with lipstick. She was ready to blow up whatever dark corners of society she perceived let her husband and others like him down.
Beverly Eckert sued rather than take the victim compensation package of $1.8 million offered to those who lost family members in the September attack. Her feelings were that the aid after the attack was too limited; she felt that the Twin Towers were too flimsy and she felt that our basic defense was ineffective to the point of being criminal.
Eckert also felt that the reason the compensation fund was set up was to stop investigations rather than out of sympathy and concern.
It was Eckert’s belief that the only way to get to the truth was to get things talked about “under oath.”
She felt she owed it to her husband.
We had a friend who had moved out East who was a victim so I have been proud of Eckert’s work, and, work she has done. She has worked tirelessly for the cause of the people who lost their lives and their families.
A tragedy like this plane crash often takes the lives of many people. You never know what wonderful talents and genius have left our earth.
In Eckert’s case we do have a chance to look at her deeds and yet we still will not be able to measure our loss; the void is too great.