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Emergency responders reflect on 911

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgians commemorate the eighth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 9/11 is now known as Patriot Day, and people say the 9/11 anniversary is a perfect time to thank first responders for risking their lives every day to rescue people in Albany.

Albany Police detective George Barber has been in law enforcement for six years.

" I love it," Barber said. "The part I love the most is the unknown."

Barber ate lunch Johnny Carinos donated to Albany police officers and to also honor heroes who died on 9/11. Barber said as he remembers the day, he wouldn't think twice about risking his life to save another.

"Most importantly is the stress we go through knowing everyday you come into work may be your last," Barber said. "You may not come back in the same shape."

Another first responder who's willing to risk his life everyday just like the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11  is Daniel Potter with the Albany Fire Department.

"Every firefighter knows when they go to work, that day could be the day they gave their life to save another," Potter noted.

Potter said he remembers one very strange sound from the ground zero rubble that no first responder wants to hear. That's the sound of the pass devices that beep when a firefighter is down. It's a whistle that firefighters can hear and respond to when one of their men is hurt.

"When you know what it sounds like, you understand how scary it sounds," Potter remembered.

It may be a frightening sound to hear, but both Potter and Barber understand they are here to rescue people who count on their bravery.

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