Let's roll - The true story of an Oracle hero
There were many heroes on September 11, 2001, but one of
the most notable was the brave fellow who charged into certain death to prevent
the hijackers on flight 93 from reaching their target. If you have ever seen the movie "Flight
93", you know about the courageous Todd Beamer who saved the lives of
hundreds of people by sacrificing his life to kill the hijackers.
Todd is best remembered for his famous last words:
"Are you guys
ready? Let's roll."
Todd Beamer, Oracle
Todd Beamer, age 32, was an account manager with
Oracle Corporation in New Jersey.
Oracle has a history of only hiring the best and
the brightest, but it's clear from Mr. Beamer's acts that Oracle also
hires the bravest. (There were seven other Oracle employees who
died in the World Trade Center on 911).
In a NEWSWEEK article titled "The
Real Story of Flight 93" we see the complete transcript of this
amazing fellow, and his heartbreaking last conversations, as he realized
that he was going to die.
""In daring and dying, the passengers and crew of
Flight 93 found victory for us all."
link describing the telephone conversation that he had before storming the
hijackers we see that Todd was brave to the end:
"Beamer became anxious.
"Oh! We're going down!" he shouted at one point.
He paused, then said in a calmer voice, "No, we're OK. I think we're turning
Beamer then told Jefferson that he and the others had decided to "jump on"
the hijacker wearing the bomb.
Jefferson could hear shouts and commotion and then Beamer asked her to pray
with him. They recited the 23rd Psalm.
He got Jefferson to promise that she would call his family, then dropped the
phone, leaving the line open.
That's when Jefferson heard what Lisa Beamer believes were her husband's
last words: "Let's roll."
Then there was silence. Jefferson hung up at 10 a.m. EST, realizing that the
plane had gone down. Officials said it crashed at 9:58 a.m."
Lisa Beamer has published the book ?Let's
Roll?, describing her husbands courage, and I would encourage
everyone to get a copy and show your support for this wonderful Oracle
In her book she reveals
that Larry Ellison may have had special contacts with the government,
knowing about Todd's death before the general public.
"On 9/13/2001, Larry Ellison, chief executive officer
(CEO) of Oracle, sent an email to Oracle employees. In this email, Ellison
praised Todd for Todd's heroic actions in fighting the terrorists and in
stopping the plane from reaching its destination in Washington DC. (pages