It’s been a month since Captain Sullenberger landed his plane in the Hudson. There has been a lot of news about him, and some news about his crew, but little about the rescue teams. And, while I appreciate what he and his crew did, it would have been for naught if the rescue teams hadn’t acted swiftly. I must admit the first thing I thought when I heard about the water landing was about how awesome the pilot was. But, on reflection, I realized that all of the people involved in the rescue efforts deserved accolades or similar recognition. The good captain himself has been quick to point this out. Every time I’ve seen an interview with him, he has pointed out that he was only doing his job to the best of his ability and that the other people involved in the rescue were also important for its success. This, in my opinion, is why he really is a hero. He knows on some level that what he did was important and life changing for many people, but he also realizes that he’s only one part of a larger situation that worked out the best that it could because everyone involved was on the ball when it happened.
A Miracle and a Month