Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Makes Donation, Scholarship to Honor September 11 Hero Richard Guadagno

Sep 09, 2011

Contacts:
Chris Tollefson 703-358-2222
Chris_Tollefson@fws.gov

Greg Knadle, 202-595-2485
Greg.knadle@nfwf.org


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Makes Donation, Scholarship
Matching Grant to Honor September 11 Hero Richard Guadagno

WASHINGTON -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has made a $5,000 grant
to the Flight 93 National Memorial in honor of career Fish and Wildlife
Service employee Richard Guadagno, who was a passenger on the hijacked
flight that crashed in western Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The
Foundation has also announced a $10,000 challenge grant through which it
will match private contributions made to a scholarship fund in Guadagno’s
name.

NFWF’s donation comes on the eve of the dedication of the Flight 93
National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., and the 10th anniversary of the
September 11 Terrorist attacks.

“Through these gifts, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is honored
to commemorate Rich Guadagno’s tenure with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service” as manager at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said
Carl R. Kuehner, III, chairman of the foundation’s Board of Directors.
“Both the Flight 93 National Memorial and the Richard J. Guadagno
Scholarship Fund ensure that his life and outstanding work on behalf of
conservation will be remembered for generations to come.”

“By all accounts, Rich was a caring and dedicated conservationist, a
respected peer and mentor to many, and a man who deeply valued his family
and friends. His loss is still felt by people across the country,” said
Service Director Dan Ashe. “We would like to thank the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation for its generous donation in Rich’s honor, and will
continue to honor the conservation legacy he worked so hard to build.”

Guadagno, manager at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in California,
was on board United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville,
Pennsylvania. A trained Federal Refuge Law Enforcement officer, Guadagno
is thought to be among those who fought back, an action that saved
countless lives by denying the terrorists the opportunity to crash the
plane into the Capitol building in Washington, DC. He was posthumously
awarded the Department of the Interior’s Valor Award.

Ashe noted that many other Service personnel played important roles
helping the nation respond and recover from the September 11 attacks. Law
Enforcement special agents helped guard the perimeter of the World Trade
Center site and later relieved firefighters on the “bucket brigade” that
removed debris. Service Law Enforcement and Refuge Law Enforcement
officers provided security for the Department of the Interior building,
airports, prominent national parks, refuges and other facilities. Agents
joined an evidence recovery team for the World Trade Center site, and many
volunteered to serve as air marshals in the weeks after the attacks.

“As a Service employee, I was awed by our response to this tragedy, and
I've been inspired on a daily basis since by the drive and determination
of the men and women of this agency,” Ashe said.

The donation and matching grant are just the latest examples of the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s support for Guadagno’s legacy. Ten
years ago, it established the Richard J. Guadagno Scholarship Fund, which
provides assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in wildlife
biology and natural resources. It has awarded scholarships to 23 students
since its inception.

NFWF will match all new private contributions to the scholarship fund up
to a total matching contribution of $10,000. Contributions to the Richard
J. Guadagno Scholarship Fund may be made online through the Foundation’s
website, www.nfwf.org. Under Donate, select “Honor/Memorial Information”
and enter “in memory of Richard Guadagno.”

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