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Park name honors 9/11 hero with ties to Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. -- Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer's hometown post office, a high school and the student center at his college alma mater have been named in his memory.

But perhaps no memorial is more fitting than the Todd Beamer Memorial Park in north Fresno, said his father, David Beamer.

The Fresno city park was dedicated Friday.

"The sights and sounds of kids running around a park having fun" is a fitting memorial to his son, Beamer said recently from his home in Florida.

Todd Beamer galvanized five other male passengers with a terse call to action -- "Let's roll." The men stormed the cockpit of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Their actions prevented the plane, which crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., from slamming into the U.S. Capitol -- the hijacker's presumed target.

The park pays homage to Todd Beamer's love of sports and the two semesters he spent at California State University, Fresno.

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