Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who is credited with saving the lives of 155 passengers when he deftly landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River, is coming home on Saturday. And since he's being hailed a hero, a hero's welcome he will get.
NBC Bay Area reports that Danville "will welcome Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger home on Saturday, Jan. 24. At 1 p.m. on the Town Green at 400 Front Street." Local celebrities Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, the Danville Town Council, Congressman Jerry McNerney, and other luminaries you've never heard of before will be there. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has also been invited to the festivities, but has yet to confirm.
Mayor Arnerich swoons over Sully, saying, "Captain Sully did something extraordinary and unprecedented on January 15, 2009. I can think of at least 155 reasons why our town should join together to celebrate our neighbor and friend, and his family.” So head over to the area if you're in Danville.
The Sullenberger family, of course, will not make statements at the welcoming home, and they will not be taking questions from the press.