Firefighters Honor Those Who Fell On 9/11Posted: Updated:
Firefighters gathered together in Deferiet Tuesday night to honor and remember those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"If you can't remember history, you have no future," said David Hall, who's deputy fire coordinator for Jefferson County's zone 5.
A small group gathered around a flag at half staff, praying and honoring those impacted by the terrorist attacks 17 years ago.
"I'm retired military and I worked at Fort Drum for 32 and a half years," Hall said. "I've been in the fire service and you don't ever want to forget."
The 9/11 memorial service was hosted by the Deferiet Volunteer Fire Department. It was joined by community members and firefighters from West Carthage and Natural Bridge.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by al-Qaeda members.
One targeted the Pentagon, one crashed in Pennsylvania, and the other two crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Both towers collapsed, killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring over 6,000 others.
"Three hundred forty-three firefighters perished," Deferiet safety officer Robert Grant said. "That's too many. It really is and when things like that happen, it's just really tragic."
Grant was a firefighter on Long Island at the time. On that day, he was visiting the north country and was scheduled to fly back to the city. After hearing the news, he decided to wait a week before going back.
"When we started looking through the rubble and the pile, it was really hard and the silence was just so eerie," he said. "It really was."
For Grant and many others who remember that day, they want to make sure the next generation knows this historical moment so it's never forgotten.