I will never forget you. Rest in peace. Thank you for everything you have ever done. When times are tough, i think of you and that quote you used to always say. "Your attitude determines your altitude". Love you forever
I never knew or even met Mr. Fitch. I only know him from that miracle in Sioux City. 185 souls owe their lives to Mr. Denny Fitch and the rest of that amazing flight crew. No one should have survived except for the exceptional skill of Denny. It's astounding to think that that aircraft even LANDED at all. By all rights, it should have FALLEN from the sky -- save for an exceptional and brilliant pilot, Denny Fitch.
The 111 who sadly didn't survive now have the chance to shake Denny's hand, smile and say, "Thanks, heck of a job."
You've traded your flight wings for angel's wings, guiding and guarding pilots everywhere.
I will always miss you. Rest in peace.
To someone who put courage in the hearts of young pilots. You are one of my inspirations. My heart is heavy to find out just now that you have passed. Thank you for being you. Thank you. Thank you. Rip and always fly high. Nothing but love.
I just now found out you passed... I'm a young pilot in training and you are a big inspiration to me. I hope that I have the courage and bravey that you had in 1989. Rest in peace and look over us future pilots! my heart is heavy knowing you're gone.
God bless Denny !! A truly inspirational human being. Rest in peace xx
Man! I didn't realize he'd died. What an incredible guy. The interview he did with Errol Morris in Errol Morris' First Person (the one entitled "Leaving the Earth") about his experience in the Sioux City flight is the most absorbing hour I've ever spent; really impressive, and strangely, made me feel better about flying, knowing pilots like that are looking out for us. He was really something!
K. Weber, Fort Worth, TX
As I watch the news of the crash in San Francisco today I am reminded of how fortunate I was to witness the talk that Denny Fitch gave when I was employed at MBNA. I have never forgotten that speech and to this day I thank every pilot for getting me to my destination safely -- all because of the expertise and selflessness of Denny Fitch. Thank you Mr. Fitch.
Goodbye Denny,teach those angels how to really fly,sadly missed.
I still remember seeing the footage that evening on the news. I am so very glad he stood up to the challenge and fear and never forgot those lost. Good to know he continued to be an inspiration even past his passing. God Bless
What a hero, inspirational, you are sorely missed. Not many people can say they saved 185 people. Rest in peace x
God Speed Denny. We will all remember you for your heroic actions that day.
A true hero. I didn't know Mr. Fitch, but after reading his obituary, I am convinced God's still making heroes everywhere, everyday for a special purpose. May the Lord bring you comfort for your loss.
As a police sergeant from New York I find Captian Fitch to be one of my personal heroes and think of his calmness under pressure that day as an inspiration in my own career. God bless.
A hero amongst Angels! Never knew him but knew about his heroism. Made the world a better place! Many families get to Love because of him. Will never forget him!
I was employeed as a nuclear engineer at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Not too long after Dennis recovered from his injuries, he spoke to several hundered NRC employees about the events leading up to the crash and its aftermath, espicially for him and his Family. Aside from being a heroric pilot, Dennis was a first-class storyteller. We were all spellbound as he unfolded his story. One statement he made has stayed with me. Recounting the improbability of the initiating event, he said, in effect, a near-impossible accident can happen on "day one". For me, his precience was born out with the nuclear accident in Japan. Dennis's "grit", keen insights, and heroric actions will not be forgotten. My condolences to his family members.
To the FITCH family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strenght in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P -|-
How do you properly thank such a selfless act by anyone? Thank you is the best we can do. I am sure he will be sorely missed by all he met and his family. I mourn with you all and will never forget that day I saw that landing/accident on television.
God has a purpose for all of us. Granted, not usually that dramatic of one, but a purpose none the less.
Denny You were a real hero.You will be greaty missed.RIP [our earths hero]
Denny was the ultimate professional pilot. Some refer to such as "the pilot's pilot." His cool, calm and rational thinking served to overcome the impossible, saving 185 lives. That alone is the greatest badge of honor anyone could ever hope to acquire during one's brief sojourn on this planet. My sympathy to all who personally knew him. He is truly missed by thousands more.
Robert J. Boser, UAL Captain, retired.
Deepest sympathy to Rosa and all the family. Denny's passing is a loss for all of us, such a wonderful man. He will be missed. You & your family are in our prayers. (Jenkins Chiropractic office)
Dear Fitch family,
It is never easy to say goodbye yet when the struggle is over we turn to our faith and know that our good Lord has said ...he is finished with what he needed to do - it is now time to come home. I hope your hearts, that now ache, are filled with joy that Denny is so loved by so many.
God grant you all the grace you need to continue on with his legacy and be be comforted.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
A true hero in every sense of the word.Not only for his actions on the plane but for supporting his first wife through her illness
Captain Fitch's family,
My words cannot express the pride we as professional pilots feel toward your husband and father and friend. I didnt know Denny but I sure do now and that day in 1989 we all did! Every pilot and passenger who has taken to the sky knows of his love for flying and his passion for people. His skills and unwavering concern for others is the legacy he leaves behind that those of us who still fly can emulate! As Captain for American Airlines in Chicago, Denny with be on my jumpseat every flight from Ohare and I am touched by his grace and professionalism.
God speed Captain Fitch
Captain Jon Stevens
When the odds are against me I want someone like Denny on my side. Remarkable human being. Condolences to family and close friends.
To leave the world a better place than the way you found it...that's what it's all about, and Denny's life was a textbook example of this.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
bless this wonderful hero
The thing is, Mr Fitch was remarkable long before his heroic efforts on flight 232. That is truly his legacy.......
I remember going to see my Uncle Denny over summer last year. I will always miss him. That was my best summer vacation. Uncle Denny made it twice as fun.
my sincere condolences to the Fitch Family, I have viewed all the youtube videos and advices. RIP,
I am a retired United employee and remember the incident well. I heard talks by Capt. Haynes . My condolences to the Fitch family.
Your attitude determines your altitude
Thank you for your great advice. You will be forever missed.
My condolences to the family of Denny Fitch--he was a hero in helping to save the lives of those who survived the Sioux City crash--and for his work as a motivational speaker. May his soul rest in peace. Sincerely, Alice R. Anderson
Dennis, Kim, and Family
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. One could only hope to have the courage and love for life that your dad had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time. But, the great memories you have will keep him forever in your hearts.
Godspeed. This story changed me forever. They dont make guys like that anymore.
I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time of grief.
To Amy, Denny and Brian,
You are in my prayers. God Bless.
A St. Edward alum
I still remembered the movie about his amazing job. I do not have words or thoughts why fantastic, dedicated and lovely people leaves our lives that way. I think he left many things undone. My sympathies and my sorrow.
With so much sadness in our hearts for your loss, dear Rosa and family, we extend our prayers and best wishes to you all. The memories though short with Denny, are sweet to look back on. God love you all.
An angel on earth now an angel in heaven.
Well, Denny, you helped to save more lives than were lost. You taught us who fly airplanes to use our heads and remember how all the controls work when some of them do not. But your best lesson for us is this: If you love someone, show 'em and TELL 'EM.
Rosa, My thoughtsand prayers are with you and your family. In Clipped Wings friendship Pat French
WOW - learning from his own experience and yet we can read and not do the same. YES letting those we love KNOW IT before they leave our sight or even as Denny while in our sight is a wonderful thing. Of course proving him a wonderful husband and surely father and Grandpa as well I'm saddened by his shortened life but I guess he was needed piloting something a little higher up than our reachable clouds. R.I.P. Denny kinda think you"ve earned a pair of HEAVEN WINGS since this is your FIRST flight. You will now have the chance to meet all those that didn't make it yet thank you for the heroic try.
As an aviation enthusiast I only know of Mr. Fitch from the numerous UA 232 programs. I always found it heartbreaking that he seemed so distraught over the lives lost that day...i hope he now knows the peace he rightfully deserved when he saved 185 other souls. He was an honor to our industry.
I heard Denny speak once and was mezmerized and deeply moved by him. He is missed by many I am sure.
Imagine how many people's lives he impacted by saving the people on that flight. Friends, family, siblings, parents, offspring, easily over a 1000 people. What he did was beyond words.
We remember meeting Denny and family in 1969 when we moved into the same apartment complex. We've considered him a good friend ever since. We're deeply saddened. God bless Mark&Linda Klausner
one of my husband's best friends, Scott Cameron, lost his life on that flight. it was truly devastating, but we will always be so grateful for the heros on that flight who were able to save so many lives in spite of all odds. I am saddened at the loss of this wonderful man.
Denny, you showed how one can always help.
Being a suvivor of UAL 232 there is not a day that does not go by, that I thank God for Danny Fitch being in that plane on that July 19th, 1989. I was very glad that I got to meet me him, and thank him in person.
Amazing pilot and person.
A True hero who when faced with this stepped up to the plate and did what he had to , May you rest in peace
I am truly sorry for your loss. Denny will always be remembered for his courageousness. May the God of comfort bring you peace during this difficult time.
You are a hero. Rest in peace
A man who truly "measured up". Safe journey...
Denny Fitch was a brave & courageous man. So many are thankful that he was in the right place at the right time. May your fond memories comfort you all at this very sad time in your lives.
Wow, what a true man's man. What a hero in the true meaning of the word. RIP Captain Fitch.
A true hero has passed. Captain Fitch was a true gift from God. May the comfort of the Lord be with the family and friends of Denny Fitch.
God Bless his family...he was a hero!
We just lost a true hero. As someone who has always had an interest in aviation, I remember UA232 vividly. What Denny and the pilots did to get that plane to the airport is amazing. May Denny rest in peace.
Wow, what a tremendous job he did and saved so many lives which would have been lost. May the God of all comfort be with the family. Romans 15:33
Neither me or my family was impacted by the crash, but once again I have to tip my hat to Mr. Fitch and the rest of the pilots that turned certain death for 300 people into a chance to live, and 184 of those people did live to see another day. St. Peter is probably giving Mr. Fitch a pat on the back and a thumbs up as I write this.
RIP Denny Fitch. There are far more than 184 lives that have been positively impacted by your actions.
Our friend and hero. God bless you, Denny, and your family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Denny several times after UA232. He will be remembered by history for his central role in saving 184 lives. He also was an outstanding human being.
My hubby flew with Denny a few times. I remember him coming home and telling me. He was always very complimentary when he spoke of Denny. What a great man! Blessings, prayers and love from a small piece of the UAL family! God Bless you all. RIP Denny, job well done!
divine providence and a hero. A great mix.
I was working at St. Luke's Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa the day the plane went down in the corn field. It was truly remarkable that so many people were saved that day; and they owe their lives to Mr. Fitch. He will always be a hero in our eyes that were working that day and the lives he saved on that plane. May he rest in peace.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Fitch and his family and hearing him speak on the meaning of team work, survival, and love at our annual conference. He inspired me and many of my fellow anesthesiologists and for this I will always be grateful. My deepest sympathy to his family. I am so fortunate to have met him.
Don't think of Denny's death as being a loss to you. Your loss would have been if you never had him in your life.
TO THE FITCH FAMILY:
WHAT AN AMAZING STORY! TALKING ABOUT A CALL TO DUTY. PLEASE FIND COMFORT AND COURAGE FROM GODS' AT ISA.40:30,31 THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE TRUE GOD WILL GAIN POWER IN TIMES OF THEIR SORROW. "THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY;THEY WILL WALK AND NOT TIRE OUT."
Sorry to hear of Mr. Fitch's passing. He is an inspiring hero and will forever be missed. God bless.
What an amazing story! He was truly a hero in our midst. Praying for comfort for his family.
This man was my hero. I never met him. Wasn't on that flight that fateful day. I just remember hearing the CVR and how they got that plane down and saved all those lives! Won't be many more like him! To his family: Weep tonight for joy is coming in the morning!!!
This man is a true hero.
All the landings in heaven are greasers, crosswinds or not.
Gone west but not forgotten.
Condolences to the Fitch family. R.I.P. Denny Fitch. God speed.
My name is Terri Hardman and along with two of our three children, we survived flight 232. Without Denny Fitch, I would have not seen Sheli, Ryan and Christine go to college, get married and now I have 7 beautiful grandchildren. We can only imagine how hard it was for Denny not to have all the passengers survive. We have also shed many tears for the 112 that lost their lives on that tragic day. But I must say, we will be eternally grateful and thankful that God put Denny Fitch on that fateful flight. Without Denny, Captain Haynes and crew, no one on that DC10 would now have time with family and an opportunity to create wonderful memories. Denny was and will always be one of our most treasured and beloved heros. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
God bless you and your family.
May you rest in peace. Your were amazing. Condolences to your family.
My sister told me of the news today. We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great person and one of my favorites from the old marriage encounter gang. It was good seeing him this past November. I am glad I got to chat with him. Much sympathy and love.
What an inspiring story of heroism and selflessness! I was rivited from start to finish with this story. Gone too soon.
God speed Denny. You are a true hero.
Amy, Denny, and Brian...
I was so sad to hear of your dad's passing. He was a true hero and a wonderful man. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
I have seen the story televised several times,and each time I am amazed by the kindness in this mans heart. Thinking of others safety first before his own. Incredible human being and true life hero. God Bless!
What a remarkable story. So many people owe their lives to Mr. Fitch as well as the other crew members aboard that flight. His life is truly inspirational. May he rest in peace.
What a great man and amazing human being. God bless you.
May you rest in peace. You will always be a hero in our eyes.
what a story this man was a true hero and a true human being