TFR 9/11 Observance – Highlight


On September 11, 2001 this nation’s fire
service was front and center in one of the most horrific events in our nation’s
history. first responders rushed into situations of chaos, mass confusion, and
unparalleled danger. Risking and often sacrificing their lives with a sole
intent of saving others. Many in the area were able to escape with the heroic
assistance of first responders who headed towards imminent danger.
Unfortunately, too many were unable to make it out of destruction of lower
Manhattan and were unable to make it out of the Pentagon. But it was first
responders who answered the call for weeks and the months following tragic
events of that day. They came from all over the nation to aid in the recovery
efforts and some came from right here in Tampa. Although tragic and too numerous ways
to count, the attacks of 9/11 have strengthened America’s commitment to
public safety through partnerships with each other and
the community. And I believe that strength is just as exceptional among
many brave first responders who courageously entered that horrific scene
intent on saving lives. We will always remember those who lost their lives in
the name of freedom.

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