TAMPA, Fla. — Sunday marks much than 2 decades since the attacks connected September 11. Nearly 3,000 radical mislaid their lives that day, including archetypal responders who rushed successful to assistance arsenic the towers fell.
On Friday, firefighters astatine MacDill Air Force Base came unneurotic to grant the fallen archetypal responders who gave their lives that time to prevention others.
“It was astir 2 and a fractional years anterior to maine being around,” said Nathan Baer.
Most radical cognize wherever they were connected 9/11, but astatine 18 years old, MacDill firefighter Baer alternatively remembers the bequest near behind.
“I consciousness the value of the moment,” said Baer. “Even though I mightiness not person been determination oregon astir erstwhile it happened, its bequest has had a lasting effect connected my life.”
Firefighters astatine MacDill AFB held a abbreviated and solemn ceremonial Friday greeting to grant the lives of the 343 FDNY members killed connected 9/11, stopping to wage their respects to the fallen who enactment work earlier aforesaid 21 years ago.
“They were conscionable doing their job,” said Harley McCurter, the Installation Fire Chief astatine MacDill AFB. “They went up there. They thought that they were responding to a structural occurrence of immoderate sort, and past the full satellite changed successful 1 moment.”
After the ceremony, firefighters suited up nether pounds of cogwheel and climbed 110 flights of stairs, a full of astir 37 times up and down.
“Just reasoning astir the firefighters who had each their packs, each their cogwheel on. They’re going up to prevention lives. We lone had a battalion on, truthful I conscionable knew I had to spell done it and springiness it my all,” said Jalen McCorvey, a firefighter astatine MacDill.
Whether you retrieve wherever you were oregon lone cognize done history, these firefighters are reminding radical those heroes who were mislaid that time can’t beryllium forgotten.
“Every clip they went in, they made the choice. They knew that they were perchance not coming retired to spot their wives, their husbands, their kids, their families,” said Baer. “Everyone knew that that mightiness person been their past clip going into a building, but they did it anyway, and I don’t privation radical to hide that.”