Everyday Heroes – and More

When an Air Force jet fighter slid off a wet runway and flipped over while practicing for an air show at the Dayton International Airport, AFSCME Local 101 members jumped into action.

The F-15 fighter was part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds which were set to perform at the nation’s premier air show, an annual event held at the city’s airport.

“Our airport Field Operations, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters, and airport police were immediately on the scene. After two hours toiling in the rain they freed the two crewmen who, thankfully, were not seriously injured,” said Ann Sulfridge, President of AFSCME Local 101 which represents over 2,100 members in the Dayton region including 180 airport employees.

AFSCME Local 101 City of Dayton Blue Collar Chapter heavy equipment operators DJ France, Chris Hess, Ed McCormick, and Josh Saylor worked skillfully to turn the $18 million aircraft back over and help free the crew.

“Like all AFSCME members, these public employees never quit – they are everyday heroes – and more,” Sulfridge said.

The Dayton International Airport serves more than 1.1 million passengers each year. The city is also home to nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Attendance at the two-day air show tops 80,000 spectators.

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