Air Florida Flight 90, the flight who crashed on January 13, 1982 turned out to be the last flight for 78 people who died in that crash. But one name remained as a symbol of heroism despite the tragic circumstances.
Arland D. Williams Jr. was one of the people who initially survived the crash and helped the other passengers before he died. He was 46-years-old, working as a bank examiner, but in this situation he acted like a real hero.
All the other passengers were complete strangers to him, but it did not matter. He was one of those people who were able to do anything for others, even sacrifice their own life.
In fact, his identity was also unknown to others and even remained such for some time after the bodies were found. But posthumously, Arland Williams was awarded the Coast Guard’s Lifesaving Medal, together with R. Olian and L. Skutnik. In memory of his heroism, the Rochambeau Bridge was renamed after him – Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge.