Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bob the Builder Award: Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger

You knew this was coming. This is the pilot that landed the plane in the New York River on January 15th. Saving all those lives is certainly good enough for the Bob award. My friend who was in the Air Force said to land the plane so perfectly was a tremendous act itself, without nosediving straight into the Hudson.

That isn't why I picked Sully to win this highly esteemed honor (heh!). This photograph was taken when the town of Danville honored him for his duties as pilot. He stood up to give his acceptance speech on behalf of the crew, which lasted a whopping 27 seconds. I liked that.

I read today that one of the personal things Sully lost in the crash was a library book he borrowed from the California State University, Fresno, through his local library. He has contacted them and asked for an extension so he could replace the book. The librarians were so surprised at his "sense of responsibility (they) did him better: They're waiving all fees and dedicating the replacement book to him. The book subject? Professional ethics."