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April 12, 2007

As air travelers, we can relate to the experience of waiting in lines at airports.  We are used to seeing screeners, whose technical titles are Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s).  They guide us through the security process and work to keep us safe and secure everyday.  Have you ever wanted to speak to Transportation Security Officers, to thank them or tell them you supported them in their mission, but felt unsure if it was appropriate to do so? Now here is your chance.

Families of September 11 (FOS11), in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and The Camillla Group, LLC (TCG) is offering you the opportunity to participate in a new volunteer program.  The program allows volunteers to speak to Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s) at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack. This is your opportunity to get involved in an educational campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. You will have the unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower yourself and share your story.

This program will engage volunteers nationwide and will allow you to:

  • Speak to a group of TSO’s at an airport near your hometown, to tell them your story, and express your support and sentiments regarding their work to ensure 9 /11 never happens again 

  • Raise public awareness about the importance of aviation security, reminding people that keeping the skies safe is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s

  • Be an integral part of boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation

Founding Board member Carie Lemack and Board Chair Don Goodrich have spoken at several airport locations in the New England area, and were overwhelmed with the positive response.  The program has now grown and there will be opportunities to speak at other locations including but not limited to New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, Idaho, California, New Hampshire, Washington DC, Florida and Ohio.

Don Goodrich, FOS11 Board member, provides the following account of his experience speaking to TSO’s in Vermont.

It is all too easy to reflect on what might have been – to imagine every possible thing that might have saved the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  It is harder to confront the enormous challenges faced by Transportation Security Officers as they work 24 hours a day 7 days a week to prevent more lost lives.  Last May Carie Lemack and I participated in a presentation/exchange with the officers at the Burlington (VT) International Airport . It was an empowering experience to learn what is really happening as passengers prepare to board their plans, get a better understanding of the frustrations of the officers screening them and join with them to help improve safety at our airports.  It is out of this type dialogue that the resolve of the officers, the policies of their managers and the safety of our airports will improve and I am glad I had a part in it.
--Don Goodrich, Father of Peter Goodrich, who died on United Airlines Flight 175

If you decide to volunteer, you will be interviewed by FOS11 staff.  They will assist your preparation for the event, and will offer talking points and training to help you tell your story.  After you volunteer, we will work with you to plan a convenient time to organize an event at an airport near you. 

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org.  Be sure to let us know what state you live in so we can let you know about events near you.

Thank you for considering this opportunity – we hope you will volunteer a few hours of your time to make a big difference in the security of an airport near you. 

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