BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The President met with families of Flight 3407 during his visitto western New York.
It wasn't just a quick meet and greet on the tarmac. Ten familymembers of Flight 3407 victims had a 15 minute private and personalencounter with the President, one that they say lifted their causeimmeasurably.
John Kausner said, "The President said, "I pledge mysupport.""
That's all they wanted. President Obama's word that he wouldwork to pass legislation that would call for more experience andbetter training for pilots. Pilot error was ruled the cause of thecrash in Clarence Center that claimed 50 lives in February 2009.The families are working tirelessly to ensure this avoidabletragedy doesn't happen again.
Marilyn Kausner said, "It was an honor to have the Presidentcome and acknowledge that."
Robin Tolsma added, "The President coming here, knowing that itwas a stepping stone, and I've said this all along, it's amarathon. See the finish line, but we're not there yet."
The families said they would've been happy with a handshake anda nod from the President, but they got so much more. Sharon Greenwho lost her husband Brad got the first and longest hug.
Sharon Green said, "I look in his eyes and I see that he cares.And he also looked into my eyes."
Widow Kathy Johnston gave the President one of these Flight 3407bracelets.
Kathy Johnston said, "Today, President Obama did put a braceleton for us, which really meant a lot to all of us."
The two sisters of Beverly Eckert, a 9/11 widow, say theirmeeting was bittersweet because she had just met the President sixdays before she died in the crash of Flight 3407.
Karen Eckert said, "That was difficult. He remembered her andgave us a hug."
The families who lost loved ones in the Flight 3407 tragedy saidthey are fulfilled after their meeting with President.
Sharon Green said, "Now I think something's going to be done. Ireally have that confidence."
Their fight continues. The families are going back to Washingtonnext week to show their support at an NTSB safety forum and to tryto lobby with more congressional leaders to get the FAARe-authorization Bill passed before it expires on July 3rd.
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