"I knew from experience that if I glided south on the river toward Manhattan," Sullenberger said. That's where the ferry's were, in between New York and New Jersey and that is where rescue would be possible."
Four years after Captain Chesley Sullenberger safely landed his plane on the Hudson River-he looks back at the event that made him an American hero.
"I get daily reminders," Sullenberger said. "But good ones of something that happened that gave people hope. Where a lot of people came together and did their jobs very well and saved a lot of lives."
Sulllenberger said he now feels a sense of obligation to the American people who look up to him.
"Unlike most stories this one didn't fade away at the end of the news cycle," Sullenberger said. "because of how it happened, when it happened and how it garnered people's attention and how they feel about it."
Since retiring from the airline two years ago, Sullenberger has spent his time writing books, consulting for CBS on air safety and giving speeches-like the one he made Thursday night for the Lubbock Women's Club.
Sullenberger said he holds no ill will towards Canada geese-the birds that caused his crash and temporarily call Lubbock home.
"You know I don't think they are stalking me," Sullenberger said. "It's not personal, they are just being geese."