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Here are 10 things you never knew about Barry Donadio’s First Book “TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account”. This may shock you.

1. He waited 17 years to publish it. 

Donadio spent his entire career in U.S. Government service in some way or another. Whether it was in the military or in the United States Secret Service, he had always served in positions that did not permit him to release a book about his experiences. On June 28th, 2013, Donadio made a career change when he went into the private sector. This move opened the door for him to publish his first book “TWA Flight 800 First Responder Account” in September 2013.

2. He had to have the book censored and approved by the U.S Government prior to being published.

Because Donadio held one of the highest security clearances that you can obtain in the United States, he is obligated to submit anything he writes to the U.S. Government for potential censorship. This is due to the knowledge of a broad spectrum of government top secret information that needs to be protected.

3. The original transcript was stored in a file only to be opened after his death.

Prior to publishing his book, Donadio had left his witness account with his will and other papers in the case he died. Donadio knew that he was a part of a mysterious national event that would have many questions asked about it for decades. Being that he was at the incident, he felt he should pass his account to his family.

4. He went to the Alamo and he consulted about publishing his book with Dr. Bruce Winders, the curator of the Alamo.

Donadio traveled to San Antonio to consult with the very respected Dr. Bruce Winders who is actually the curator of the Alamo. Texas was always a special place for Donadio because he had lived in Galveston with his mother in 1975 for about a year. He visited the Alamo for the first time during that time period and had since been intrigued by it.

5. He did not name the book

Donadio could not come up with a name for his book until he consulted with his close friend Christy Bowe of the White House Press Corps. Christy is a world-class photographer and CEO of Imagecather News. The two met at the White House while they both worked there. They still maintain a close friendship today.

6. He does not offer an opinion as to why the plane crashed.

Donadio never speaks about why the plane crashed and offers an opinion on the matter. When he is put on the spot and asked why the plane crashed he states: “I don’t talk about why the plane crashed”. This could be due to the obligations of the confidentiality agreements he signed with the government when he was employed with the military or the U.S. Secret Service. Is it that he could actually know why the plane crashed but he is concerned with potential repercussions? We may never know.

7. He does not make any bold claim to have partaken in any heroic actions during the incident.

Donadio is very open about his experience on the night of the crash of TWA Flight 800. He makes no claim to being a hero or doing much of anything during his response to the incident. He was mostly an observer on that evening because he had no live patients to attend to as an Emergency Medical Technician on the scene. Unfortunately, all of the passengers of the plane were deceased by the time they arrived to where Donadio was standing by to help them.

8. He is the only person that has written a book about the crash that was actually there on the evening it crashed.

As of today, Donadio is the only one that we know of that wrote a book about the TWA Flt. 800 crash that was actually there that evening. This gives an insight of small details that occurred during the terrible evening. Many other works that have been written about the crash are highly opinionated and some are even fictional.

9. His account of the injuries inflicted on the victims of the crash differs from newspaper accounts.

If you research public information regarding how the passengers of TWA Flight 800 died, you will find many references of burned bodies. Donadio, however makes no mention of bodies that he observed having any burns or any being burned beyond recognition. This adds to the conspiracy theory supporters point of view.

10. He wrote half of the book while sitting at his wife’s deathbed.

Donadio is only now opening up about speaking about the loss of his wife Alexandra Catalina Donadio on April 17th, 2014. Just when he began writing his book, tragedy struck in June of 2013. His wife underwent a medical procedure that took an unexpected turn leaving her in a coma for 9 months. Donadio was left caring for his 2 young daughters during the ordeal. He stayed by his wife's bedside for the entire 9 months until she died in April of 2014. It was during the worst time in his life that he worked on the book at his wife's hospital bedside.

Donadio’s book “TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account” can be purchased on amazon.com

After a 6 year break, Donadio published his second book “That Day When Hell Froze Over” on August 17th, 2019. Donadio is expected to pick up the pace with his book publishing and release his next few books more quickly.


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Barry Donadio's book " TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account" went on sale in Dubai in January 2017.

Magrudy's Book Store is a prestigious family run business in Dubai that has been operating since 1975. They currently are located at the World Trade Centre Mall in Al Danah, Abu Dhabi. This is a popular tourist destination.

"I am very excited to see my book on sale by such a prestigious business such as Magrudy's." said Donadio.

Mr. Donadio has been astounded by the the amount of book distributors seller his book globally. " It takes a few years for the word to get out about your book, but in time, it does pick up speed" he said.

Donadio thanked Magrudy's Book Store for selling his book and wished them many years of success and prosperity.

Barry Donadio's book is on sale globally and is easy to find on the internet. You choose between a soft cover copy or electronic version to download.


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In September of 2013, celebrity Author Barry Donadio released his account of what happened on the night TWA Flight 800 crashed in 1996. Needless to say, his book has sparked lots of interest globally. It has now sparked the interest of the prestigious book selling company " Barnes & Noble".

Barry Donadio hinted that he appreciates that such a prestigious company like Banes & Noble has taken interest in his book by selling it on their website.

Mr. Donadio was one of the first responding Emergency Medical Technicians to the TWA Flight 800 crash on July 16th 1996. A short time after the tragedy, word spread globally of a possible coverup by the U.S. Government.

Since then, Mr. Donadio had obtained multiple positions in the United States Government. One of those positions included serving at the White House during the Bush and Obama administrations in the Secret Service.

Mr Donadio also stated "I am delighted to see Barnes & Noble has recognized my book for its historical value." I thank them for selling my book to those persons seeking answers to what happened on the evening TWA Flight 800 crashed."

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Celebrity Author Barry Donadio that found fame after writing his book "TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account", is now being featured on Goodreads website. The website is a place for readers to find books that interest them and research reviews. They can also use the site to buy from multiple different book distributers. 

Barry Donadio released his book on September 16th 2013 after keeping his witness account confidential for 17 years. Donadio was one of the First Responders that answered the call to assist the downed TWA Flight 800 on July 17th 1996. He served with the East Moriches Community Ambulance in New York as an Emergency Medical Technician. Since then, he has become an advocate for those affected by the crash and all First Responders. 

On July 17th 2016, on the 20th anniversary of the crash, Mr. Donadio arranged for access to the East Moriches Coast Guard Station for some of the families of the victims of the flight. The East Moriches Coast Guard Station is where rescue operations originated on the night of the tragedy. 

Mr. Donadio said " I am ecstatic that a fine company (Goodreads) is promoting my book. It is not an easy accomplishment and a highlight in my life." " I appreciate the overwhelming interest the public has shown in my book."

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In August of 2016, Walmart began offering Barry Donadio's book for sale on its website. It is a privilege not offered to every book for sale on the market.


Barry Donadio released his book "TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account" back in September of 2013. Sales began globally by Amazon, Barnes & Noble and a dozen more reputable distributors. The book has steadily increased in sales, especially in 2016.


Mr. Donadio has also given away hundreds of copies for free to the public. He also conducted numerous book signing events that were open to the public. Most recently he led events commemorating the 20 year anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 800 which occurred on July 17th 1996. Needless to say, he gave away scores of free copies of his book the TWA Flight 800 families during the 20th anniversary events.

Barry Donadio's book has been increasingly gaining interest, thanks to Walmart.  

Barry Donadio said, "It is an achievement to have your book sold by Walmart. Many other books written on the same subject as mine are not for sale on Walmart.com. It took 3 years for them to notice it and market it on their website." "I never applied to have them sell my book, they did it on their own and I thank them for it."


Mr. Donadio,  was one of the first responding Emergency Medical Technicians on the night of the crash of TWA Flight 800 on July 17th 1996. In 1990, he originally served in New York as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Terryville Fire Department. After moving out of Terryville Fire District, he served in the Center Moriches Fire Department. In 1996, he was a 25 year old member of the East Moriches Community Ambulance, serving as a Volunteer EMT when the crash occurred. In 2002, he took a position at the White House in the U.S. Secret Service. He served on the elite Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) under the Bush and Obama administrations. In 2014 he was elected to the Queen Anne's County Republican Central Committee in Maryland. He is currently the President of a unique private security and investigation firm that specializes in executive protection called Public Security LLC. He is currently working on his next book "America's Best Kept Secret".


To date of this article, he is still the only person who wrote a book referencing the crash of TWA Flight 800 that was actually at the rescue operations that night in 1996. 

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Barry Donadio gave away scores of his book to families and friends of the victims of the TWA Flight 800 crash on July 17th 2016.

Mr. Donadio led events commemorating the 20 year anniversary of the downing of TWA Flight 800 on Long Island. The controversial crash occurred on July 17th 1996. There are still many people with questions as to why the plane crashed. Most people were attending events to remember their loved ones and friends. 

Mr. Donadio authored the book "TWA Flight 800 First Responder Witness Account". It was released in September 2013 and has been gaining more interest. The book is about his account of the evening the plane went down. He was an Emergency Medical Technician that responded to the scene of the rescue operations.  

Donadio stated " I felt that it was important to remember the victims of the tragedy on the 20th anniversary. I was happy to meet families of some of the victims. We turned the 20th anniversary of a horrible event, into a positive day for all those who attended."

Mr. Donadio led victims families to the TWA Flight 800 Memorial in Shirley, New York as well as the TWA Flight 800 Memorials in East Moriches New York.  With the cooperation of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Moriches, he led the group to the Coast Guard station. The group was able to access the station while Mr. Donadio explained to the group what happened there on the night of July 17th 1996.   


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