Historical Notes Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Alfred Marchand lived in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with his wife, Rebecca. He had a son and two stepsons. In March 2001, Alfred retired from the local police department he had served for 21 years. That same year, he began working as a flight attendant with United Airlines. On September 11, Alfred was a member of Flight 175’s crew from Boston to Los Angeles. He was 44 years old.
Curator's Comment Flying was a second career for Alfred Marchand. For 21 years, he worked as a Department of Public Safety officer in New Mexico, rising to the rank of lieutenant and earning multiple commendations. With retirement approaching and a family to support, he researched new careers that could offer good benefits as well as the opportunity for him to travel and continue to provide public service. He decided to join United Airlines in late 2000. The weekend before September 11, Alfred and his wife vacationed in the Boston area. Early Tuesday morning, he reported for crew duty aboard Flight 175. HIDE