Acton Remembers Local 911 Victims
Acton residents Madeline Amy Sweeney and Philip Rosenzweig are remembered by family, friends and strangers.
Acton resident Madeline Amy Sweeney had been a flight attendant for 14 years. She was working American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/01, when the plane was hijacked and flown into New York's World Trade Center. Sweeney was recognized for the courage she showed that day, picking up the airline phone and calling-in details about what was taking place.
She inspired an annual award for Massachusetts residents who express that same kind of courage; it's called the Madeline Amy Sweeney award for Civilian Bravery.
Sweeney was the wife of Michael Sweeney, and mother to Anna (5 years-old on 9/11/01) and Jack (4 years-old at the time).
Acton resident Philip Rosenzweig was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 when terrorists hijacked it on September 11, 2001 and directed the plane into the north tower of New York's World Trade Center. He was on his way to California for a meeting as director of the Boston Center for Networking.
Rosenzweig worked with technology companies such as Apple and Sony. He was also a father to Jeremy (who was then 12) and Max (who was then 5), and the husband of Acton resident Lauren Rosenzweig-Morton. The two had met on a Boston Harbor cruise and immediately clicked — partly since they grew up near to each other in New York. “He was very much into his work but he also very much loved being with his family,” said Lauren Rosenzweig-Morton. Philip was 47.