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Arland Wiliams, Jr.

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 Arland Wiliams, Jr. was forty-seven-year-old bank examiner for the Federal Reserve System of Atlanta. Arland served in a stateside position in the military for two years, before going into banking. 

On January 13th, 1982 life as Arland Williams, Jr. knew it would change when he boarded Air Florida Flight 90, headed to Fort Lauderdale and minutes after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River.  The plane failed to gain altitude and crashed into the 14th bridge not far from the Washington International Airport. Seventy-eight passengers on board the plane and four motorists on the bridge were instantly killed. Six survivors managed to cling to the tail of the plane in freezing water, while their loved ones dead bodies floated near them. Although not far from the shore,  ice trapped the survivors and was not able to swim the short distance.

After 20 minutes of agonizing pain, a rescue chopper managed to get to the survivors. One the six survivors were, Arland William, Jr. passed over his turn for rescue, giving the life ring to others. Arland continued to pass the life ring to save the people around him. Three times Arland passed up the chance to save his own life, and ultimately he sacrificed his for others - he died that day in the icy waters of the Potomac River. 


Submitted by, Tknique Allen


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