ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of brave firefighters and law enforcement officers lost their lives 13 years ago Thursday. Albany first responders about what the 9/11 anniversary means to them.
When we reflect on this day, most of us remember exactly where we were when we learned about the attacks.
"I turned the television on to see the second plane hit the tower and from there I was glued to the tv for the next several days," said Bobby Spencer EMT Dougherty County EMS.
"I was actually entering into a classroom and just saw it up on the tv screen and saw the second plane going into the tower," said Eric White DNR Ranger.
His initial reaction? "Shock, complete shock," said Joy Olvany Dougherty County Sheriff Deputy.
9/11 changed all of our lives in one way or another. That's especially true for first responders.
"Life is just too short and you must be the best you can be in order to live in this world," said Gwendolyn Jennings inspector AFD
"It kind of makes you sit, think and wonder, what you would do if you were there and what you could have done," said Corporal Steven Banks Dougherty County Police.
Officers and firefighters want to make sure we never forget their colleagues who were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
"To hear you know the fire fighters and police officers that were killed in the line of duty that day along with all the other people in the air planes and employees in the buildings, it's a huge tragedy," said Greg Gadt, patrol officer APD.