08/16/2012 08:45 am ET

Brighton Township Man Recalls His Role In Northwest Flight 255 Crash

Twenty-five years ago today, Brighton Township resident Bruce Schneider responded to one of the worst disasters in aviation history - the crash of Northwest Flight 255 at Detroit-Metro Airport that killed 156 people, leaving a 4-year-old girl as the lone survivor.

"That was probably the most horrendous thing I've ever seen," Schneider said of the crash. "Even the guys working with me who were Vietnam veterans and a lot of military veterans couldn't believe the devastation."

Schneider, who had been a police officer for 15 years, was a sergeant for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department in the road patrol office stationed at the airport at the time.

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