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Todd Morgan Beamer (November 24, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93, and his words to a phone operator "Let's roll" became a widespread catch phrase following the attacks.




Biography
Beamer, who resided in Cranbury, New Jersey, was an account manager for the Oracle Corporation. He died at age 32 in the September 11, 2001 attacks on board United Airlines Flight 93. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Beamer, two sons, David and Drew and a daughter, Morgan Kay, who was born on January 9, 2002 — nearly four months after her father's death.

Todd and other passengers had been in communication with people via in-plane and cell phones and learned that the World Trade Center had been destroyed using hijacked airplanes. He had been talking with Lisa D. Jefferson, a GTE Airfone operator located in the GTE service center in Oak Brook, Illinois, for about 13 minutes (Beamer had tried to call home from an in-plane phone but reached an operator instead). Beamer and Jefferson jointly recited the Lord's Prayer.

Though it was a widely-held belief that the passengers crashed the airliner in an attempt to save the lives of others on the ground, the 9/11 Commission's findings (based on the "black box" cockpit recording) were that the passengers on Flight 93 did not cause the plane to crash intentionally. This was, in fact, done by the terrorists as the passengers attempted entry into the cockpit.

While the final words attributed to Todd Beamer were, according to the 9/11 Commission, "roll it" — apparently referring to a serving-cart being used as a battering ram.

The phrase "Let's roll" was widely attributed to Beamer after his wife stated that she overheard him say those words on his cellphone. However, Lisa Beamer later admitted that she made up that phrase to make her husband appear more heroic and to generate publicity for herself.

A post office in Cranbury, New Jersey, was named after him. There is also a high school (Todd Beamer High School) in Federal Way, WA, named after Beamer. Wheaton College also has a building named after him (the Todd M. Beamer Student Center). Beamer attended Los Gatos High School, Wheaton Academy, DePaul University, California State University, Fresno and Wheaton College.


Lisa Beamer
In 2003, Beamer's widow Lisa, along with co-author Ken Abraham, wrote a book about Todd and her attempts to deal with her grief over his death, Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage [1]. The book is about Todd and Lisa's life before the crash and Lisa's life after the crash.


Controversy
Lisa Beamer has been subject to some controversy in the years since her husband's death. She has been accused of trying to profit from her husband's death after it was learned that on December 4, 2001, she applied [2] for a trademark on the phrase "Let's Roll" and apparently attempted a civil action against Neil Young for his use of the phrase in his song. The Todd M. Beamer Foundation has since licensed the use of the phrase to Wal-Mart, the Florida State football team, and others [3].

In addition to the controversy surrounding the trademark registration, the public financial records of the non-profit Todd M. Beamer Foundation (now known as Heroic Choices) [4] have come under scrutiny for taking in far more money than were delivered in services. According to Heroic Choices, from 2001 through 2004 the foundation used only 53% of its proceeds to fund its programs [5], falling short of the Better Business Bureau's Standards for Charity Accountibility [6], which state that program activity should account for at least 65% of charity expenses.
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Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2019
  Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 22, 2013
  God bless you and your family
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Jan 20, 2013
  God bless you Todd hope you are at peace with yourself
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 12, 2011
  May you rest in peace
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2011
  To the Beamer Family,

I wanted to say how deeply moved by Todd's action's during a crisis that inspires all of us, may God bless you Todd and your family, i will never forget you and your heroic actions , rest in peace. David
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011
  You are a Hero to me. May you rest in peace.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Jan 25, 2009
  To Todd and his Family,

I live a couple of blocks down from a new Park, that will be named in you honor. It makes me proud to know, that you will be remembered here in Fresno, Ca. Even more so, that you once lived here and attended FSU, that make's it even more special to me.

God Bless you and your Family
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2008
  Rest in Peace....September 11, 2008

Shari
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Jul 20, 2007
  God bless you! Rest in peace!

From Fαtima Ferreira - Portugal


 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Dec 06, 2006
  I can't even imagine my husband being on that plane and losing him that way.You are just as brave for moving on without him.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2006
  godd bless you and your family.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Todd Beamer
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2006
  we will never forget u r my hero let god bless ur family
 

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Todd Beamer
BY jackcruse on Sep 06, 2006
  When the going gets tough-the tough get going. You are not forgotten, Todd Morgan Beamer.
 


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Adam D. Jones

Happy Birthday, Adam. You are missed so much every minute of everyday! XOXO ~143~ You will forever be in my heart and on my mind. Love always, Tammy


Laurie Cobb

She was my 3rd and 5th grade teacher. Today I'm 32 and still think about her. She was the best teacher ever. From her hair children stories to her bubbly happiness and kindness she spread. I'll never forget her. She was the teacher who had lunch with the kids in her classroom so everyone had someone to be with. She made my school experience amazing. I will never forget her.. I love you Mrs. Cobb. Sincerely, Forever in my thoughts, Alyssa (Viau) Capone


Larry E Polley Jr

SPC Polley died almost two decades ago so I don't know if this message will be seen. In honor of Memorial Day, my agency hands out cards with names of those who have fallen. This year, 2023, I received the card for SPC Polley and was inspired to look up more on him. I am thankful for his service and sacrifice. My condolences to his family. He is not forgotten.


Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother


Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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