Mr Needum, seated next to his father and son, turned back to see that oxygen masks had deployed in the cabin. "And that's what he did", his wife, Stephanie, said tearfully.
Tania Armenta, a spokeswoman for the family, said the family was made aware of at least one Go Fund Me site that had been set up without its permission.
"Most importantly", the website states, "we urge you to celebrate Jennifer, by being kind, loving, caring and sharing to your friends, family and community". "And I felt moved to act".
Texas firefighter Andrew Needum and fellow passenger Tim McGinty tried to pull Jennifer Riordan inside the plane after she was sucked out of her window when the plane suffered an engine failure and a window exploded.
He said he looked over to his wife, who immediately knew what he wanted to do - go back there and help.
The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
"Unfortunately, a lot of times we discover there's a problem when it fails", Waldock said.
This latest incident could very well spark a fresh airworthiness directive from the FAA, and would mean that all United States based CFM56 powered aircraft would have to undergo ultrasonic inspection of each fan blade, which could have far reaching consequences for airlines such as Southwest, who operate large fleets of CFM56 powered aircraft. She asked for medical personnel to meet her aircraft on the runway.
"Hugging passengers, hugging me, telling us we did a good job, thanking us for being calm". "Today, Albuquerque lost a thoughtful leader who has always been part of the fabric of our community", mayor Tim Keller said Tuesday.
The day after this shocking episode, other domestic airlines that use planes fitted with the CFM56-7B engine said they had begun inspecting some of their aircraft.
With the plane flying at about 885km per hour, Ms Riordan probably died instantly. Death from engine failure is not the rule. Earlier that day, he received a phone call from someone in MI who didn't know Mrs. Riordan but wanted to do something in her honor.
Photos and video captured by passengers from inside the cabin and posted on social networks showed significant damage caused to the plane, a part of the covering from its left engine entirely ripped off and a shattered window.
The passenger sitting there, Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was sucked into the hole.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why the engine malfunctioned. It broke off midair, causing the engine to blow apart.
"This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated", said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt. "I saw a passenger pumping on her chest performing CPR and someone ran up to the front of the plane where they got a defibrillator".