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September 14, 2001

Jerry and Beatrice Guadagno and Family

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Guadagno and Family:

I want to express my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son, Richard, on United Airlines flight 93 that crashed in Stony Creek Township, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I did not know Richard personally but I have the greatest respect for the proud and dedicated public service he rendered as the refuge manager for the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in California and in all his previous positions in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The events of last Tuesday will never be forgotten and the Nation owes a great debt of gratitude to Richard and to all of the many brave victims of that horrific day. On behalf of all the members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations and all members of Congress, let me assure you that our hearts and prayers are with you as you deal with the loss of a fine son, a worthy public servant, and a truly great American.


Joe Skeen
Subcommittee on Interior
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