Hometowns: Eureka, California/Trenton, New Jersey
Occupation: Project Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Reason for travel: Returning from visit with family
Richard J. Guadagno dedicated his life to protecting wildlife and the environment. Growing up in Ewing, New Jersey, Guadagno came to love animals and the outdoors, leading him to a career as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After graduating from Rutgers University, he worked for 17 years in refuges in New Jersey, Delaware, Oregon and, finally, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Northern California where he was a Project Manager. After celebrating his grandmother’s 100th birthday with family in New Jersey, Guadagno boarded Flight 93 to return home. His badge and credentials, identifying him as a federally-trained law enforcement officer, were recovered at the Flight 93 crash site and returned to his parents and sister.