Alfred Gilles Padre Joseph Marchand, age 44 of Alamogordo, NM, died tragically on September 11, 2001 aboard United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center. He was a flight attendant on Flight 175. He had been a flight attendant less than a year when he worked United Airlines Flight 175 on Tuesday. At 44, he had just retired from his first career--as a police officer.
After working his way up the ranks to lieutenant over 21 years with his hometown police department in New Mexico, Marchand was making vacation reservations when he happened upon a job posting for flight attendants late last year, his wife's best friend said.
He and his wife of four years, Rebecca, had met for the weekend in Boston. She was scheduled to fly back to New Mexico when her husband flew off to work. The couple almost changed plans to spend a few more hours together in the air. She considered switching to fly on his plane. In the end, she worried that she might not be able to rearrange her flights to get home and kept her original plan.
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