Amy Sweeney of Acton was an American Airlines flight attendant, who worked on Flight 11, the first airplane hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City.
Before the plane hit the tower, Sweeney was able to pass on information about the five hijackers.
On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Governor Charlie Baker bestowed the Madeline “Amy” Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery to two Bridgewater men.
Ray Armistead and Ryan Saba risked their lives last January to save a couple stuck in a disabled car on a railroad crossing as a train approached.
“We just kind of reacted and we just didn’t want to see something bad like that happen to anybody,” said Armistead.
Baker said, “The Commonwealth is a better place for people like Ray and Ryan… and their bravery rightly honors the proud tradition of these awards.”
Saba told 22News it was a great honor to receive the award in Sweeney’s memory.
“Glad there’s people like that there’s people out there that do that and act selfless like that,” Saba said.
“I’d hope somebody would do the same for me if I was in that situation,” added Armistead.
It was Sweeney’s heroism and the bravery of the victims of September 11, for whom this award was created.