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Chico community continues to remember North State 9/11 hero

On Tuesday, the Chico community continues to remember Nicole Miller, a passenger on United flight 93 who had strong ties to the North State.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 11:23 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 8:16 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- On Tuesday, the Chico community continues to remember Nicole Miller, a passenger on United flight 93 who had strong ties to the North State.

Chico resident, Paula Scholtes, said she places fresh flowers around the memorial for Nicole Carol Miller every year. 

"We put flowers and we always think about her and cannot even fathom what it would have been like to be in that situation," Paula Scholtes said.

Nicole Miller's father, David Miller, and step-mother Catherine, lived in Forest Ranch.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, 21-year-old Nicole was on hijacked flight 93, heading from Newark to San Francisco.

Passengers attacked the hijackers before the plane crashed into an open field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

"It just terrifies me to think what those people faced," Scholtes said.

Miller was born in San Jose, was a sophomore at West Valley College in Saratoga and was about to transfer to Chico State to finish her degree.

Scholtes said she chose yellow flowers because yellow flowers represent friendship and she wanted all of Miller's friends and family to know the community will never forget her.

"I walk through here every year and notice the flowers being placed at her memorial," Scholtes said.

And 18 years later, with a fresh array of flowers, the Chico community continues to honor the flight 93 hero.

"Kind of the tip of the iceberg of all the people that still care about her and remember her," Scholtes said.

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