Richard Guadagno
Richard Guadagno, a biologist who managed the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Loleta, Calif., was returning home to the West Coast from visiting his parents in New Jersey and his sister in Vermont.

Guadagno, 38, was aboard the hijacked United Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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To our 9/11 Hero, Rich - Never Forgotten
Where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Susan DeFrance
October 1, 2020
From all the pictures I have seen of him made him look like a happy and kind person. What he did for his life was really admirable. Working to save and preserve the wildlife of our world. I would of loved to have spoken to him. Though he may be gone now he will never be forgotten.
Grace Neuman
September 30, 2020
You are never forgotten. Rest in peace.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2020
I never had the honor of meeting you but our paths crossed on that day because of a job I had to do and people you knew. Your name will forever be etched in my mind and heart. Just know for 18 yrs on this day I have said a prayer, said your name and told my friends the story. You are and will always be remembered by me until the day I can no longer remember anything.
Rest in peace and love.
Erin
September 11, 2019
18 years have passed and you are never forgotten. R.I.P.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2019
I have seen a film, Richard's family talked about him. They were very nice to the man who played Richard in the film. Richard seemed to be a great man and will never be forgotten, he was a very brave American.
Trenton Bacorn
Student
September 14, 2018
I think Richard's family was very sweet, kind, and caring to the man who played his part in the United 93 movie. I can tell they miss Richard and seeing a look-a-like helped them cope a little bit. They lost a great person.
Timothy Myers
Student
September 14, 2018
As Always - Never Forgotten. RIP.
Susan DeFrance
September 13, 2018
Hello,
Doesn't seem possible that seventeen years have passed. The photo shows the real Rich, always smiling and with a great, positive attitude. Rich was a good friend and great refuge manager, with a real passion for wild and wildlife. Regards to all who had the honor and privilege to know him.
September 11, 2018
Harold Cole
September 11, 2018
Never Forgotten!
Kathy
September 11, 2018
Remembering you today, 17 years later. Rest in peace hero.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2018
I remember Richard from watch the movie United 93. He was such a wonderful man. I could tell the great love and affection of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. He is truly a hero.
Agnes R
September 12, 2017
A Reynolds
September 12, 2017
Today, 09/12/17, We remember you Richard. We will never forget. To Richard's family members .. Continue to share Richard's special characteristics thru your actions. All the best to all of you, with much regards.
Tom H
September 12, 2017
Sometimes this day comes along & I wonder - Did they forget? Do they really still remember? Our Country was united 16yrs ago. United in grief, united in patriotism, united in love.
We are so divided, now...
But STILL we are united in gratitude for your heroism & that of all on Flight 93.
You are NOT FORGOTTEN & will not be EVER!
Susan DeFrance
September 12, 2017
Randy Tetzner
September 11, 2017



Remembering you today.


Linda Guadagno Miniter
Branford, Ct.
September 11, 2017
The letter in the picture attached here was written by my grandson Taj (9yrs old at the time). It is the sentiment of my family and many other grateful citizens around the US, I'm sure.
We picked Richard as our family's 9/11 hero because I had met his parents by happenstance on a Memorial motorcycle ride in North Jersey just about a week or so after the attacks.
Then on one of our trips to Shanksville, I asked Taj & his friend to make something, on the long car ride, that we could leave on the fence at the burgeoning memorial.
He wrote this & then left it by Richard Guadagno's angel marker:
"Thank-you for saving many Americans lives. It could have been me, or my family or my friend. You are a Great American. You will be remembered in my heart forever. From: Taj. THANK U"
Susan DeFrance
September 12, 2016
Fifteen years later....never forgotten.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2016
I attended at 9/ 11 memorial this week. A speaker said that 71 officers died on 9 /11. WHen it was over, I told him that the correct number of officers lost that day was 72. Richard being the last person recognized by the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Who was not initially counted. I will see that his sacrifice is not forgotten.
Tim Welch
September 12, 2015
May you and all the other heroes of Flight 93 rest in peace.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
Branford Ct
September 11, 2015
Every year around this time I remember the amazing heroism of Flight 93. We will never forget what you all gave to save others...
Jim Cypher
September 10, 2015
As I read the messages about Richard, I see that he helped mankind in many ways, and persoanally took the time to help others and the environment. His legacy will live on through these many lives he touched, and today I specifically pray for his friends and family to be comforted in knowing that there are thousands of people (most of us have never met Richard), who will remember him and you, because we know the pain never goes away. Much love from Texas.
Del Newberry
July 8, 2015
Thirteen years later, you are remembered still and will be always.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2014
BELLA B
September 12, 2013
Another year has passed and you are always remembered. Rest in peace.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2013
I think about you every day.
Jim Guarino
September 11, 2013
Rest in peace. You are always remembered.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2012
im so sorry
February 27, 2012
I came to know Rich very well when he was the manager at Basket Slough, just out side of Salem Oregon. Rich and I played guitar together, talked about life and he helped me get through my problem drinking years. He was a friend and it still tears me up to know he is gone, but not forgotten.
Ken Cartwright
September 11, 2011
To my friend Rich and Family:

It has been many years, but I've never stopped thinking of you. You were like family to me. Rich was a man of character and a true friend.

To this day, I still run the trails and roads of Washington Crossing State Park and my thoughts go back to when Rich and I used run them.

Memories of Rich will carry on!
Paul Domboski
September 11, 2011
God bless you and your family, and all 9/11 victimes. Thank you.
Raphael Leboulanger
September 11, 2011
We will never forget.

Linda Guadagno Miniter
Branford, Ct.
September 11, 2011
Many of us are remembering Richard here on the northwest coast and Humboldt Bay region as the 10 yr. mark of 9/11 approaches. His work at the Humboldt National Wildlife Refuge stirs our memories and challenges us to do the right thing to sustain our beautiful natural world. Thanks Richard for caring for the important things! And best wishes to your family, I know they miss you as we all do!
Bonnie MacRaith
Arcata, CA
Bonnie MacRaith
September 4, 2011
You will never be forgotten!
Scott Beal
August 14, 2011
To Richard's family ... As an alumni of The Hun School class of 1980, I remember Rich as a wonderful and kind young man ... He is truly an American Hero in every sense of the word ... What an honor to have known him ... God Bless His Family and All Who Loved Him!
Marc Heurtematte
December 22, 2010
I knew him as a fellow class mate in our agility class as "Raven's Dad"...but I shall forever remember Richard as an American Hero. I wish his family and friends comfort.
Paula Cunningham
September 15, 2010
To Rich's Parents and Family - on this 9th anniversary, I just finished watching "The Flight That Fought Back". I, too, am an avid outdoor lover and feel an affinity with your spirit. Your spirit of resistance and sacrifice shall live forever in the annals of America's greatness. May we not disappoint you, Rich, in what we do with the years that have passed and those still to come. I would like someday to seek out and meet your dear Mother and give her a big hug, and I know you'll be smiling over us.
Douglas Lacey
September 12, 2010
You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2010
Even though I never met you, you feel like someone I miss. I learned about your story when I moved to Eureka. Whenever I hear and see the Aleutian Geese, I think of you.
fredi W.
September 10, 2010
So sad so many years later. God Bless you all.
September 6, 2010
Rich, We the Wildlife Inspectors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thank you for your service to our country. We are so pround of you and we remember you this 9/11.
Morgan Freeman
September 11, 2009
I've not forgot this day. It's still fresh in my mind like yesterday.God Bless you Richard & the other heros of Flight 93 ! You & your family will always be in ours thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl & Chris Gallagher
September 11, 2009
Bless you for setting a shining example of courage and strength. You are truly a hero (as are the others) and will be remembered forever for your brave act.
September 11, 2009
Another sad anniversary of that tragic day...rest in peace knowing that you and the others on Flight 93 will remain heroes forever.

Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2009
i'm not an american citizen, but i was in united states this sad day, the courage of Richard Guadagno and the others heros of flight 93 give me hope every day. God bless you and your family.

Raphael Leboulanger,France.
Raphael Leboulanger
September 10, 2009
after watching the movie united 93 i feel more as if we lost a family member we pray for your family,know GOD will keep him in his loving arms and one day we will all see the son the brother the friend we lost.always patrick m.clark
patrick clark
April 22, 2009
To the family of Richard,
Thank you for sharing him with me through the film 'united 93'. I was so moved by the way you all keep Richard's memory alive and what loving and generous people you are. I loved Richard's drawing and his stainglass panel. Peace and love to you in remembrance of Richard.
Mary Kearns England
Mary Kearns
April 13, 2009
Richard-
I met your parents, your sister and her boyfriend at the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel on 9-12-02 and got to see them again on 9-10-06 at the memorial site. On our way out in 2002 my ladyfriend and I drove from Boston to Shanksville and stopped off at the Great Swamp Nat. Wildlife Refuge where you used to work. It was an odd coincidence running into them afterwards and explaining how we were just regular folks paying respects and that we hadn't lost anyone we knew... the memory of the Heroes of Flight 93 is with me every day.
James Cypher
January 21, 2009
To Richard, You remind me soooo much of my husband.My husband has high standards just like you and loves animals,also loves to grow food too.
I hope that you are more at peace now that your beloved dog Raven is with you.
I would just like to say that you will alway be a hero to me and my fellows americans !
God Bless you & your family.
We shall never forget & alway remember!
Cheryl Gallagher
December 18, 2008
To a fellow Guadagno...You are home now with family. See you someday.
Ty Guadagno
November 20, 2008
In September of 2007 I visited the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania and was touched by all of the things that visitors placed at a makeshift memorial. All were personal items such as signs, fire helmets, toys, pictures, police patches and children's drawings attached to a fence. One thing that I found particularly interesting was the symbolism displayed on several homemade flags. It was a very moving experience.

As a retired police officer I was aware of the number of law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/2001 and I wondered if any officers had perished on any of the hijacked aircraft that day. I found out that one passenger on Flight 93 was Richard Guadagno, an officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His name is engraved on the wall of The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC along with 71 of his fellow officers who died that day at the World Trade Center.

As a snare drummer with a bagpipe band, I have had a lot of experience wearing kilts woven in Scottish tartan patterns. That is when I got the idea for the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan. It would honor all of the 17,912 fallen U.S. law enforcement officers throughout history and incorporate the symbolism that I was so struck with at Shanksville.

I met with Rocky Roeger of USA Kilts and Celtic Traditions in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and gave him my ideas for the tartan I wanted to design. I told him that I wanted to represent the following in the pattern:
The BLUE represents the living men and women who currently serve or are retired from Law Enforcement.
The two BLACK bars represent the 2 buildings of the World Trade Center (each bar is a tower) and the officers who died there. The 2 black bars contain 36 black threads each, for a total of 72, the number of officers who died on 9/11/2001.
The DARK BLUE line between the 2 black bars is there to represent the "Thin Blue Line" which is a colloquial term for police officers. It means that Law Enforcement officers are all that stand between citizens and criminals.
The GOLD and SILVER stripes represent the badges that officers wear.
The spot where the black stripes cross the silver and gold represents the mourning band that officers wear over their badges when a brother officer dies in the line of duty.
The GREEN stripe is to honor The Police Emerald Societies and the Irish-Americans who made such a large contribution to police work in the early years in the US when few people wanted to do the job

We petitioned the Scottish Tartan Authority for approval. They responded favorably and the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan© is now an official tartan.

C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors, is a registered nonprofit charity that receives a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the kilts.
Because of Richard’s influence in my life police officers and supporters all over the country are proudly wearing kilts made from the tartan. You touched my life brother. Rest in peace.
Tim Welch
November 6, 2008
Thank You
Shandi
September 11, 2008
I remember as if it were yesterday! It was the day that changed my life forever! I was a new employee to the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Regional Office in Portland, OR and had spoken to Richard weeks before about filling a position for him. I never met him in person, but I remember he had just taken a Mgt/Supervisory position up at Humbolt Bay NWR and was well on his way in his career. I remember that he sounded very enthusiastic, energetic and was very ready to take on any duties that presented themselves in front of him.

His memory will live on....I will always REMEMBER!!!!!!!
B Winters
September 11, 2008
Dear Guadagno Family,

I was struck by the description of Richard's work as I was looking at the tributes, for the first time, on this 7th anniversary of one of our nation's saddest days. I have been deeply and increasingly distressed in recent years at the continuing destruction of our beautiful earth and its magnificent animals, so the loss of a passionate advocate for the earth and the animals makes Richard's death all the more tragic for me. However, as his passion for earth and its creatures inspires me to follow in his footsteps, my heart is also comforted and my soul is lifted up by his death as well, for this day is not anywhere near as sad as it woulld be if Richard and his fellow passengers had not chosen to change history instead of become its victims. I shall strive humbly to honor Richard and his fellow passengers with my actions as well as with a grateful heart.

Most sincerely,
Judith DeWitt
September 11, 2008
To the family of Richard Guadagno:
Richard gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
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Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
May God bless you and those who loved you. I will not forget.
Valerie
September 11, 2008
I watched "Flight 93" the other night and everything that happened that fateful day seven years ago came right back to me....you and the other brave passengers are never forgotten. Rest in peace.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2008
My heart goes out to your friends, family and your beloved dog, Raven. May memories bring peace to those who love and miss you. You are all our heroes.
Teresa Williman
September 10, 2008
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September 10, 2008
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September 10, 2008
I just watched a special entitled "The Flight That Fought Back", and was again inspired by the courage Richard and the others on that plane displayed in the face of certain death. I am also humbled by the strength and courage of the families through their grief. Flight 93 was headed to the Capitol, where I was working that morning. Thank you for saving me and countless others.
Mary Jo (Lee) Ammon
August 27, 2008
Never met you before, but your smile reflects purity and kindness. You must have been a very good man. I know you are well.
My prays for you
My best regards for the family
Ezequiel L
August 6, 2008
I remeber my father taking me to watch the 4th of July parades at your dads house. I miss the old days and though we lost contact after a few years I used to see your dad and mom at certain family functions (mostly funerals) anyway rest in peace my cousin...I am so proud!
Michael Guadagno
November 29, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
September 26, 2007
I leave all my best wishes to Richard Guadagno's family and everyone else who knew him personally.
Ana Olmos
September 20, 2007
I didn't know Mr.Guadagno personally, but to me he is a HERO.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Kristen Marin
September 11, 2007
Another year has gone by; you are never forgotten.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 11, 2007
My condolences to Richard's family, friends and co-workers.
No matter how many years go by, we will always remember in our hearts Richard's wonderful life and his courage on Flight 93.
Michael Guadagno
September 9, 2007
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Debbie , Kenny Coffey
September 9, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
September 1, 2007
The horror of 9/11 took on new meaning for me when I discovered that Rich had lost his life aboard Flight 93. Mutual friends intro-
duced Rich and I the summer before he went to college. We had a mutual fondness for Bruce Springsteen, the beach and animals. After 9/11, I searched through boxes of pictures trying to find the one photo Rich had given me of himself - on the beach, of course.
Thank God I found it. I still look at it and remember that wonderful guy I met so many years ago. I knew then that he was destined for great things and would accomplish anything he set his mind to. We lost contact, but he will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Mary L
August 16, 2007
Your spirit will always be here. My condolences to your family and all who you left behind. Special hugs for Raven from her friend Kansas. God bless you.
Tracy Sauerbaum
May 8, 2007
To family

I watch the movie . I start cry of the movie. My pray with the family
It was very sad day . I hope you he with the lords no one get hurt.
AnnMarie Antoine
April 29, 2007
My condolences to Richs' family.
He will not be forgotten.
kathy walsh
March 25, 2007
Richard sounds like such a wonderful person. His love of animals and environmental concerns make us kindred spirits. He is someone I would love to have known. He was a very rare, beautiful person and I hope his family finds peace in that. He will never, ever be forgotten.
C. A.
March 22, 2007
From Chris Bassoo and family...I just saw the A & E movie and our hearts go out to your family (we wanted to send our prayers to every family from this flight)...Our prayers and thoughts are with you...we will never forget..warmest of regards Chris Bassoo (your northern friends)
Chris Bassoo
January 8, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
October 31, 2006
We will never forget you. Ever.
Anonymous
October 20, 2006
Even though I never got to know you in life, from what I have heard from your family you were truly a hero..even before 9/11. God Bless you
Tiffany Carmony
September 15, 2006
WE ARE GREATFUL FOR THE COURAGE AND HEROISM SHOWN BY YOU AND FELLOW PASSENGERS OF UNITED 93. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. GOD BLESS AMERICA. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN.
ASH SARDAR
ASH SARDAR
September 12, 2006
Rest in peace, you're a hero. I never knew you but we share a name. And you did our name proud.
Linda Guadagno Miniter
September 12, 2006
Richard...Today we as a nation gather to remember you and all those who perished on this day of infamy. In this struggle thousands more have joined you. Heros in a fight we must win, on behalf of the entire civilized world. The price is already so high, yet the struggle continues...It must. May God give your Family & loved ones, the serenity, comfort & tranquility to endure your sudden departure, while you reside in His everlasting embrace, know that WE will not break the covenent that has been forged between those of you that have passed on, and those of us left to face this evil that endures to this day...
Angel Rosario
September 11, 2006
We will NOT forget! Thank you for your heroism!
Erica Hollingsworth
September 11, 2006
Richard is a true American Hero & will always be remembered on this day & forever by so many of us who will never forget. God Bless His Family!!! Denise, Deanna, Angie & Cristina
Denise Christian
September 11, 2006
Peace
Pat Guadagno
May 14, 2006
I wear a bracelet around my left wrist with Richard's name on it and the flight #93 on it in memory of Richard through the Billy Graham Evangalistic Association. My heart cries for him and all the passengers of flight #93 and to all who lost their lives on 9\11
GOD BLESS you all. I will never forget you.
Pauline Bezaire
May 12, 2006
Hello, I knew Rich from working with him on occasion at the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge near the small town of Rickreall, Oregon. He was always very helpful too me when i'd come into his office and inquire about all the geese on the refuge. I had been a technician with the Oregon Department of Fish and Widlife at the time, and spent numerous hours on Rich's little piece of heaven out there on the refuge. He was a generous man, ever devoted to his passion in conservation and helping others.
Derek Mynear
January 31, 2006
Goodbye and God Bless you. You are remembered.
Kristine Legg
January 31, 2006
Everyone on this flight was, and IS my hero.
Pam Beers
January 13, 2006
God Bless people from Flight 93
paulina
September 23, 2005
<3 <3 We will always remember you and all of the others who died <3 <3
Sadie Guadgano Foster
September 3, 2005
Larry laata
June 3, 2005
I never knew Richard but my thoughts and prayers are forever with you and your family, everyone on flight 93 is a true hero and we will never forget. God bless you Richard
sherry breeden
December 2, 2004
Richard

I think of you every time I drive by the Humboldt Wildlife building in Eureka. I stop and say a prayer. You are a true hero and I thank you for being where God needed you to be. To your family my deepest condolences.

Thank you

Jennifer
Jennifer
September 12, 2004
I never knew Richard but we are 2nd or 3rd cousins. God bless your family. He was a brave hero. He was a good man
You are in our prayers
Tom Joann and Sadie Guadagno Foster
Tom Guadagno
September 11, 2004
I have been deeply touched by the achievements of this remarkable man. We share the same surname; were we cousins I wonder? I too am an advocate for wildlife conservation and a nature lover. May I be half the man that Richard Guadagno was, a man of deeds, not words. God bless his memory and may He give comfort to his family. God needed an angel at his side and that is why He is in heaven now. Long may his name live on...
John Guadagno
July 26, 2004
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