On September 11, 2001 most of us watched as a tragedy unfolded in lower Manhattan that seemed almost unbelievable. The horror and anger we felt that day will never be forgotten.
Many persons in the Twin Towers were unable to escape before the buildings collapsed. Many of the first responders who entered the buildings lost their lives that day as well. And those who survived have suffered serious health consequences.
These people are our heroes.
So….let’s take a moment to reflect on the contribution our own first responders make right here in our area every day. Could you deliberately enter a burning building knowing there was a possibility the floor or ceiling might collapse at any minute? Could you battle thick, blinding smoke and toxic fumes to search for an unconscious person inside a burning building?
THANK YOU to all our first responders. If you see one of them out and about, shake their hand and let them know how much you appreciate them.
The Clinch Valley Times archival photos below are a reminder of some of the challenges our first responders have faced in the past.