It’s been 15 years since US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, adjacent to Weehawken.

On Monday, New York Waterway hosted a ceremony in its Manhattan ferry terminal to thank first responders and emergency personnel for their rescue efforts which saved all 155 passengers on the aircraft.

Many of the first responders were present for the ceremony, including those from Weehawken, as well as two of the flight’s passengers.  They all have their own stories of that cold, wintery, January day.

Many of the officials and first responders told Hud News just how critical the role of NY Waterway was in the rescue effort.  Some of those comments can be heard in the video package attached to this article.

The cooperation displayed on that miraculous day by all of the various agencies involving was truly remarkable.

Once Captain Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles successfully brought the Airbus A320 aircraft to a rest on the Hudson, a landing with no engine power just minutes following takeoff due to a flock of birds striking the plane at an altitude of less than 3,000 feet, it was up to all of the agencies to work as one unit to prevent loss of life.

They accomplished that and so much more.