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Pilot was 'one of our own'

BY LARA BRICKER | PORTSMOUTH, NH | September 11, 2001

Residents in southern New Hampshire were saddened to learn Tuesday afternoon that Tom McGuinness was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked, then crashed into the World Trade Center Tuesday morning in an apparent act of terrorism.

The Bethany Church in Greenland, NH, where McGuinness was a member confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he was on the plane, which took off from Boston's Logan Airport Tuesday morning.

Rick DeKoven, the administrator of the church, said McGuinness was married and had two teenage children, a boy and a girl. The church planned to hold a prayer vigil Tuesday night. "I think clearly he was a devoted family man, he was active in his community and his church," DeKoven said. "I just think he set an example for all of us and we're going to sorely miss him."

Meanwhile, volunteers from across New England were preparing to travel to New York and Washington to assist in the aftermath of the largest act of terrorism in United States history.

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