BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- He died a hero.
That's how friends and family members remembered Tom Burnett Jr. Tuesday night at St. Edwards Catholic Church. He was among those killed when a hijacked airplane crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside during last week's terrorist attacks. It's believed Burnett and other passengers may have prevented the hijackers from attacking a populated area, possibly in Washington.
"I don't doubt for a moment Tom was not only involved, but he helped lead the effort. It just couldn't be any other way," Keith Grossman, a business partner, said in his eulogy. "Tom died as he lived. With honor, courage and integrity."
Rows of candles lined the sidewalks leading to the church, and more than 60 people bearing the American flag lined Nesbitt Avenue across the street. In all, nearly 1,200 mourners arrived.
During the hijacking of United Flight 93, Burnett called his wife, told her about the hijacking and said he and some other passengers were "going to do something about it." Minutes later, the airplane crashed, killing all 44 people on board.
Ramstad, Luther challenge colleagues
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two Minnesota congressmen dipped into their campaign accounts Tuesday to contribute $5,000 each to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and they challenged all members of Congress to do the same.
Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad and Democratic Rep. Bill Luther handed their checks over to Red Cross officials at a State Capitol news conference where a retired paper company executive, Charlie Jackson of Minnetonka, also donated $5,000.
The St. Paul Companies
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The St. Paul Cos. expect pretax losses of around $700 million as a result of last week's terrorist attacks, but the insurance and reinsurance company said Wednesday it has enough money to meet its obligations.
The St. Paul said its estimate is based on a total insured loss of between $30 billion and $35 billion for the entire insurance industry.
Medtronic cuts nonessential travel
FRIDLEY(AP) -- Medtronic chief executive officer Art Collins has advised his company's 26,000 employees to curtail nonessential air travel until further notice.
The airlines will feel Collins' request, which was made last week. Medtronic does business in 126 countries, spends about $50 million a year on airfares and books an average of 3,700 employee flights a month
Memorial service set for victim
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A private memorial service is scheduled for Thursday for Gordon McCannel Aamoth Jr., who grew up in Minnesota and is missing and presumed dead in the attack on the World Trade Center. Aamoth, 32, was an investment banker with Sandler, O'Neill & Partners Investments. He was in his office on the 104th floor of the south tower.
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