Tri-State first responders remember 9/11

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – September 11, 2001, is a day frozen in the minds of everyone who lived it. On this 18th anniversary, the Tri-State remembers thousands lost.

First responders in Evansville and Henderson honor men and women who made the sacrifice in their own ways, as the red, white, and blue flies all over.

Firefighters everywhere have a special bond with New York City and Washington D.C.

“We face tragedies together, and that builds a strong bond that cannot be broken,” said Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly.

Retired German Twp. Fire Chief, John Buckman was at Ground Zero shortly after the attacks. He spoke to students in Henderson on Wednesday, who weren’t even born in 2001.

“Remember that flag as a symbol of freedom, of what this country stands for,” Buckman said.

He will never forget.

“The hair on the back on my neck still stands up when I think about it and talk about it.”

Across the river, Evansville will never forget, either. The Star-Spangled Banner hanging over the Lloyd Expressway on the west side shows why.

“These people are just trying to show they still remember the sacrifices that were made by those who did die,” said Perry Twp. Asst. Chief Steve Gossman.

Mission Barbecue makes its mission focused on first responders, and Tammy Schaaf is glad to support it, even thinking of those who lost everything.

“I have teenagers,” Schaaf said, “to tell them what it’s like, I couldn’t even imagine what those families went through.”

But heroes, we’ll never forget. If you want to find those heroes now, look no farther than here at home.

“The American flag is a symbol of the power of this country,” Buckman said.

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This story was originally published on September 11, 2019

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