By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the victims of 9/11 was Tom Burnett, Jr., a native of Bloomington, Minn., who died in the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Burnett was one of the passengers who rushed the cockpit and foiled the plans of the hijackers to crash the jetliner in Washington, D.C. — possibly into the White House.

This morning, Burnett’s father — Tom Burnett, Sr. — spoke with WCCO’s Dave Lee about the capture and death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

WCCO’s Dave Lee Interviews Tom Burnett, Sr.

Burnett Sr. said he has nothing but cheers for our American troops, who were at the center of it.

“I know it’s a combination of Special Ops troops, Navy people and I think one or two of our intelligence groups had got him,” he said. “I’m so happy because it was the Americans that did it. It wasn’t somebody else over there who caught him in bed or something. God bless America is what I have to say.”

According to Burnett Sr., the death of bin Laden brings some closure for him, but he doesn’t like to use that word.

“I don’t use that word closure because I never wanted to. I don’t believe much in it. There is not a day goes by that we don’t think about Tom and all the other Americans and the western world, the stuff they’ve taken from these people,” he said.

Comments (6)
  1. Tim says:

    i wanted to comment but there are no words . . . .

  2. me says:

    My dad is close with the Burnett family. I’m glad to see that this can bring some peace to their family and all the families of the victims of 9/11.

  3. Michael says:

    I just hope this news is true and not some government propaganda? Why have they not released pictures to the public already? It sure didn’t take long to release Saddam’s sons pics after they were killed in a shootout.

    And how can they have DNA back so fast, especially in the Middle East where I can only assume the technology isn’t as great?? After all, after a possible alcohol related crash, it can take weeks to get the results back, but presto, we have Osama’s DNA???

    So many questions need to be answered

    1. hoover says:

      Michael – how about just having some faith ? Do you really think it’s propaganda? All you’re doing is showing your ignorance – part of the reason it takes awhile after a “possible alcohol related crash’ is due to backups. Don’t you think this would be important enough that they’d move it to the front of the line? Come on….use your head…..

      1. Michael says:

        yes Hoover, have faith in our government, they’d never lie to us, especially when our President is hopefully destined to lose the next election and is desperate for ratings…. So i say, NO, use your head

        1. Hannah says:

          We should commend the military for they are the ones that went in there and got Bin Laden. I don’t know if we should commend Obama or not. I did like his speech that he gave last night though.

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