Statement from Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. April 6, 2012 Jet Crash

Monday, April 09, 2012

Just three days ago, a Navy jet crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartments near the Oceanfront.  Miraculously, no one perished in the accident.  I want to recognize the community in that area for pulling together to help our first responders – the firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel and members of the military – in the moments following the crash.  All came together, proactively and without hesitation, in the face of great danger.  I witnessed citizens working alongside firefighters to move water hoses; help with traffic management; assist in getting residents out of the buildings; providing names of people who first were missing, then found during the event; and relaying eyewitness accounts of the incident.  This is truly the very best of Virginia Beach – neighbors helping neighbors, working together in a time of great need.  I have never been prouder to serve the citizens of our great city.

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