Joy in Underhill

Neighbors in Underhill, Vt., celebrated after receiving word that Navy SEALs on Easter Sunday safely freed Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage last Wednesday by Somali pirates trying to seize his cargo ship. The pirates, seeking millions of dollars in ransom, kept Phillips aboard a 24-foot lifeboat and repeatedly threatened him. "The people of Vermont are proud of the extraordinary courage of Capt. Phillips, the dignity of his family under great stress and the outstanding performance o

Neighbors in Underhill, Vt., celebrated after receiving word that Navy SEALs on Easter Sunday safely freed Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage last Wednesday by Somali pirates trying to seize his cargo ship. The pirates, seeking millions of dollars in ransom, kept Phillips aboard a 24-foot lifeboat and repeatedly threatened him. "The people of Vermont are proud of the extraordinary courage of Capt. Phillips, the dignity of his family under great stress and the outstanding performance of the U.S. Navy and other governmental personnel in rescuing Richard and dispatching those who apprehended him. It is a happy Easter in Underhill and throughout the state," Senator Bernie Sanders said.

At the White House, President Obama issued a statement calling the captain's courage "a model for all Americans."

Safely aboard a Navy warship that came to his rescue in the Indian Ocean, Phillips was self-effacing. "The real heroes are the Navy, the Seals, those who have brought me home," he said, according to John Reinhart, president and chief executive of the shipping company.