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Dave Sanderson tells his story to an audience at the Heroes Campaign kickoff event at the East Carolina Heart Institute to raise funds for the Pitt County chapter of the American Red Cross. Sanderson was the last passenger to leave U.S. Airways Flight 1549 or the Miracle on the Hudson.
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Jane Dail/The Daily Reflector Dave Sanderson tells his story to an audience at the Heroes Campaign kickoff event at the East Carolina Heart Institute to raise funds for the Pitt County chapter of the American Red Cross. Sanderson was the last passenger to leave U.S. Airways Flight 1549 or the Miracle on the Hudson.

Crash survivor shares powerful story

By Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

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Community leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, first responders and many others met to focus on the American Red Cross and listen to the powerful story of a special guest who needed its assistance at a desperate time.

Members and supporters of the Red Cross gathered at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU to kick off the annual Heroes Campaign, a grassroots fundraising and awareness raising effort held every March, which is Red Cross Month.


Dave Sanderson spoke about his experience being the last passenger off U.S. Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson flight in which all 155 passengers aboard survived a crashing into the Hudson River in 2009. He shared with the audience how the Red Cross helped him when he needed it most.

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