KENT ISLAND — Barry Donadio of Chester, Maryland donated 475 free copies of his book in January 2016.
The ebooks were donated globally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the TWA Flight 800 crash that occurred on July 17, 1996. Barry Donadio’s book is called “TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account.”
At the time of the crash, Donadio was a 25-year-old emergency medical technician who responded to the scene. It is the only book on the market that was written by someone who was actually at the scene of the rescue operations. The book was originally released Sept. 16, 2013, and it describes the events that unfolded on the night of the tragedy.
Donadio also was employed as an Air Force security police officer at the same military base that some people blame for shooting down the plane (The 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski ANG Base, Westhampton Beach, NY). He later became an USAF security police investigator and a SWAT team leader at that same unit. In 2002, he moved to Maryland after taking a position at the White House with the U.S. Secret Service.
Donadio does not comment as to why the plane crashed, but he said, “This account offers a look inside the Coast Guard Station at East Moriches, where the victims of TWA Flt 800 were brought on that evening.
“It offers some clues that may support your opinion as to what may have truly happened to the plane and why it may have crashed.”
He went on to say, “I have included descriptions of the some of the victims’ fates, as well as other interesting anomalies that I observed on that evening.”