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North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs
P. O. Box 634 Hope Mills, NC 28348
2014 Mid-Winter Conference
February 5-9, 2014
Embassy Suites & Concord Convention Center
Concord Fire & Life Safety
Cabarrus County Firemen's Association
On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When a bird strike hit US Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place and the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.
Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave Sanderson became the last person off of the back of the plane that day, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions. Miraculously, he returned to his job as a sales manager that following Monday, and has since become the face of the everyday American hero. To Dave Sanderson however, doing the right thing came naturally. When confronting potential tragedy, he remembered the words of his mother, “If you can’t, you must,” and summoned the inner strength to persevere.
An inspiring survivor, Dave Sanderson was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. Sharing the lessons of that day with audiences around the country, he shows that in any circumstance, positive thinking and leadership can turn anyone into a hero. Dave is married to Terri and has four children, Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance and resides in Charlotte, NC.
Dave Sanderson to Keynote Ninth Annual Fire Chief of the Year Banquet
Miracle on the Hudson