9/11 Memorial honors local firefighters and those who died 17 years ago

Firefighters across the nation are reflecting on the tragedy of the terrorist attack that happened 17 years ago when planes crashed into the World Trade center. Even though it happened in New York, local firefighters in Fort Wayne are remembering the lives of those who died.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 9:17 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It was several years ago- September 11th, 2001, but traumatic enough for local firefighters to remember.

"It's hard to believe it's been 17 years. A lot of things have happened. For the good and the bad. I think we've become a stronger nation because of it," Assistant Chief Jeff Burke said.

Assistant Chief Burke with the Aboite Fire Department, his crew, and some members of the Fort Wayne Fire Department were honored by residents of the Coventry Meadows Assisted Living facility Tuesday. 

"It takes a special soul and special heart to do what we do," he added.

This is the residents way of saying thank you as they join the firefighters on this day of reflection being thankful for the firefighters present and remembering the ones that made the sacrifice that day.

"17 years ago today, the attacks occurred on the United States, and we've never been the same since, so we wanted to make an impact of not forgetting that event occurred and showing appreciation for our first responders that serve selflessly everyday," Lindsey Broyles said.

They all released balloons into the sky that read: “You are loved. You are missed. You are remembered.”

That's what Chief Burke hopes everyone does.

"I just hope we keep it in the back of our minds, in our hearts, that we do remember the people that sacrificed their lives on today."

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