The saying, “Better late than never” has often been said in regards to a variety of situations. It can refer to a late apology, receiving a late birthday gift, even a confession of something that happened years ago; the result culminating in some solution or ending. In this case, the saying is referring to the cause of death of Sandy Dahl, who died in May of this year at the age of 52.
She was the widow of Jason Dahl, who piloted Flight 93 and ended up being hijacked on 9/11. She fought for years to live on past that tragic day and made a life for herself by helping others. Sadly, her life ended in May by what the coroner said was acute heart failure brought on by the combined effects of multiple prescription drugs and alcohol.
Carl Blesch, the Jefferson County chief deputy coroner said it was an accidental death and not suicide.
When Sandy’s husband, Jason Dahl died, she grieved as would anyone in her position; however, losing your husband during a 9/11 attack has made the process harder for her. Instead of giving up with her life, she decided to help others before her untimely death a few months ago. Though her cause of death was due to an accidental prescription drug and alcohol overdose (alcohol, painkillers, anti-depression and anti-anxiety drugs were found in her system), Blesch said a heart condition — right ventricular dysplasia — was a contributing cause in her death.
She did make sure to live her life constructively by being there for others in need. Sandy founded a scholarship fund in her husband’s honor to provide money for young pilots to receive their education. She also made public appearances to speak about the heroism of those aboard Flight 93 and that their actions should never be forgotten.
Sandy also fought for the completion of a memorial that was to honor the heroics and memory of her husband, the crew and passengers of Flight 93. Patrick White, president of The Families of Flight 93, has said Sandy Dahl was dedicated to completing the Flight 93 National Memorial.
While Sandy fought hard publicly to preserve the memory of Flight 93, she also had to fight privately her inner demons. Last year, she told The Denver Post that speaking publicly meant that the events of 9/11 were never far from her mind. She sometimes would wake up having nightmares and counselors told her that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she said. “Normally, people have a memorial, and it’s behind them then. This is never going away,” she told the newspaper before the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
Sandy Dahl suffered a terrible loss on 9/11, as did many others in America. While some survivors did not know how to move on with their lives, Sandy fought to keep the memories of those on Flight 93 alive. She fought publicly and privately to bring meaning to her life. After Dahl’s death, the president of The Families of Flight 93, Patrick White, praised Dahl’s bravery following her husband’s death. “Sandy’s courage picked up where her husband’s left off,” White said in a statement. “Her dedication to completing the Flight 93 National Memorial as a way to honor her husband’s heroic actions on 9/11, and those of his fellow crew members and passengers, is a significant part of her legacy.”
Sandy Dahl Found Dead, Cause of Death Revealed
The widow of 9/11 pilot Jason Dahl was found dead Friday morning.