(Image courtesy Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset)
The coroner whose jurisdiction included victims of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 will talk about his experiences during a lecture this Saturday.
West Newton Public Library will host a discussion entitled "9/11" at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the First Baptist Church of West Newton, corner of South Sixth Street and Vine Street, West Newton, a spokesperson said.
The featured speaker will be Somerset County Coroner Wally Miller, who responded when the plane, which had been hijacked by terrorists, crashed into a field outside of Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is believed that the terrorists were planning to crash the plane into a government building in Washington, D.C., and that passengers of the plane wrested control from them before that could happen.
Miller is a graduate of Somerset Area High School and Washington & Jefferson College who also earned a degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He was first elected Somerset County Coroner in November 1997.
His discussion will focus on his first-hand experiences responding to the crash site of Flight 93, and what has been learned about the events on-board the plane that day.
A luncheon at the LeGrande Room on South Second Street will follow Miller's lecture. Tickets for each event are $10 and may be purchased at the West Newton library or at Gary's Chuck Wagon Restaurant. For more information, call (724) 633-0798.
Originally published September 11, 2017.