Major Richard F. Cipriano of the Hillsborough County, N.J. Sheriff's
PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Todd M. Beamer
Foundation and Heroic Choices recently granted permission to the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, located in Tampa, Fla., use of
the "Let's Roll" trademarked logo to name their new Boeing 727
anti-terrorist training aircraft.
The aircraft is a 30-year-old passenger plane used by law enforcement
agencies to practice responding to hijacking incidents or other
assaults aboard airplanes.
"After Sept. 11, 2001, we knew we needed ways to better prepare our
local response team - our department, the Tampa Police Department and
the local FBI - if anything were to happen at Tampa International
Airport," said Major Richard Cipriano, commander of Human Resource
Division for the Sheriff's Office. "Then in November 2002, we were
offered a Boeing 727 airplane. We immediately said yes."
Without engines, the plane sits on 40 acres of land atop concrete
pillars, paid for by the Sheriff's Office. On the inside, the plane
looks like any other passenger plane, complete with rows of seats to
simulate real-life situations.
At this time, the Sheriff's Office is unaware of any other plane in
the United States used for civilian law enforcement training. And
Major Cipriano invites agencies throughout the country, particularly
those located in the southeast region, to use the facility.
After being featured on "America's Most Wanted," the Sheriff's Office
received more than 10,000 suggestions from viewers who had been asked
to submit names for the plane.
"'Let's Roll' came up a number of times," said Major Cipriano. "This
thing has really come full circle when you think about the hijacked
United Flight 93 and the other planes that hit the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon. We wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for Sept.
The same can be said for Heroic Choices and The Todd M. Beamer
Foundation, whose mission is to build resiliency in children affected
by trauma - including many who lost a parent or family member on
Approving use of the logo was an easy decision and one made with
great honor, according to Founder Douglas A. MacMillan, whose best
friend was Todd Beamer.
"The 'Let's Roll' trademark represents people coming together and
acting in the interest of others," said MacMillan. "For the heroes on
Flight 93, it was to save hundreds, if not thousands, of people on
the ground. In Florida, it means taking extra measures to prepare law
enforcement to handle assaults against airline passengers. And here
in New Jersey, it is our own Heroic Choices staff giving traumatized
children a reason to look forward to tomorrow. We are all working for
the betterment of our neighbors and our nation."
Heroic Choices is a free program that teaches traumatized children
how to overcome adversity and emerge stronger than before. The
program includes a weekend retreat for children, parents or guardians
and mentors, a year-long mentoring relationship, resiliency training,
ongoing curriculum development and special events and programs.
Heroic Choices also gives mentors and parents or guardians the tools
they need to guide and support their children.
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About The Todd M. Beamer Foundation
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The Todd M. Beamer Foundation (http://www.beamerfoundation.org) is a
non-profit public charity located in Princeton, N.J., whose mission
is to equip children experiencing family trauma to make heroic
choices every day. Through Heroic Choices, children learn how to
become everyday heroes - the kind of resilient children who overcome
adversity, navigate life's obstacles and grow to become healthy,
responsible, productive adults.