As if being a decorated airline pilot, accident investigator, and airline hero wasn’t enough, this from the AP (via a California CBS station:
When the US Airways pilot’s plane ended up at the bottom of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, so did a book he had checked out from the library at California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville.
Sullenberger contacted library officials and asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees because the book was in the airliner’s cargo hold.
Fresno State library officials said they were struck by Sullenberger’s sense of responsibility and did him one better: they’re waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.
The book’s subject? Professional ethics.
I mean come on–the guy checked out an ethics book, had it with him on the plane, and then called the library to ask for an extension because the book was in the plane that the guy miraculously landed in the Hudson river after the engines were hit by a flock of geese? Not even our folk heroes or iconographic fathers of America had this much integrity. One wonders whether Mr. Sullenberger has a deep, dark secret that he’s just terrified will come out (and now is even more likely to come out because investigative reporters simply cannot believe that this man can be so perfect), or whether he’d just like to be left alone and thought, well, it’d be pretty ironic if I let a book go overdue on professional ethics. I, a flawed individual, salute you, Mr. Sullenberger, and while I still sit here in amazement of your near-perfection, I will not attempt to “sully” your reputation.