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Hometown proud of hero Southwest Airlines pilot

Casey Torres
April 23, 2018 06:40 PM

TULAROSA, N.M. – Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults is being called a hero by her hometown.

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Shults made an emergency landing after a Southwest airplane had an engine failure. The Tularosa High School graduate is remembered by a classmate who said she was always a great person.

"She was the sweetest person; she really was the sweetest person. Just very people oriented as well," said Alynn Hooper, a classmate of Shults. "She would be the one that would do this."

Hooper said most people from Tularosa take living near the Holloman Air Force Base for granted. Not Shults, she said.

Shults became one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy. Before that, she was a student at Tularosa High School. She was involved in different extracurricular activities like cheerleading, track and the National Honor Society.

Hooper said others from the class of '79 are proud of Shults.

"I've talked to some classmates as well and they all have the same thing to say: she was an amazing person, she is an amazing person," Hooper said.

Hooper mentioned some students now see Shults as a role model.

"It inspired me to have ambitions and goals, to go after them and do them and not let anyone get in my way," said Rose Lopez, a senior.

The Village of Tularosa is planning to have a proclamation for their local hero next month.

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