Flight 3407
 
 

As past Assitant Chief of the Clarence Center Fire Co. I am proud of all the first responders that responded to the tragic crash of Continental Flt. 3407 on Feb.12, 2009 I was one of the first responders to arrive on that horrific scene that night I will never forget, I was lying in bed watching tv when the call came through, "Clarence Center a report of a plane crash into a house on fire" the voice of dispatch was different than normal, I jumped out of bed right to my truck turned on my lights and sirens and raced to the scene, I could see a glow off to my right straight ahead knowing what it was, and only thinking it as a small cesna plane, I arrived within minutes only to see a ball of fire, I quickly changed into my gear and headed over to the scene to join up with the other chiefs and quickly made our way around the two houses that surrounded the crash, only to determain that no one survied, as we made our way around the back of the burning structure we where in full view of the tail of the plane sticking up with the Continental Logol and right then I stopped dead in my tracks and said this is no small plane there has to be many people on that plane, within minutes we got reports of the size and how many people where on board it turned out to be 49 people and one person inside the house did not make it, but lucky for his wife and daughter made it out alive through an open hole in the wall, at that point all we could do is to protect the two houses on either side from buring, the jet fuel that fueled the fire took into the night to bring under contol, and not to mention a gas leak right in the middle of the crash, by sunrise you can start to see how real everthing looked a sight no one should see. by 1 pm the next day I was ready to go home exhaused and tired and thinking of those 50 people and there families, I walked back with the Chief to the firehall which was only about 1500 feet away, this was a day that none of us will ever forget and the entire community of Clarence will never forget also, this document does not provide details of this incident, there was simply not enough space, and some events were to tragic to document, They are left in the shadowy past of our personal menories, may god bless flight 3407 and all familes involved. Former Assitant Chief Don Festaiuti Clarence Center Fire Co.

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