By Shannon Johnson
On September 11, the nation remembered the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Although it has been eighteen years since the horrific attacks, many Americans can still recall that morning as though it was yesterday. “I was working taking care of natural gas wells when I heard it on the radio,” recalled Baker Fire Chief Tom Bruha.
On 9/11, 2,997 victims lost their lives and 412 of those victims were emergency responders. Of those 412 there were 343 firefighters, 37 police officers from PAPD, 23 police officers of the NYPD, one patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol and eight emergency medical technicians and paramedics. There were 2,606 people in the World Trade Centers that lost their lives, as well as 125 in the Pentagon and 265 individuals from the four planes. There were more than 6,000 others injured. “It was an impact to the country,” said Bruha. “Firefighters died. Police officers died. The public died.”
Today many of the emergency responders who arrived on the scene that day are suffering from long term physical and emotional ailments.
The Baker Fire Department remembers 9/11 and those who were impacted by flying the American flag high on one of their trucks in front of the Fire Station. They will also have a training that night that will include remembrance of 9/11. “That’s how we remember it,” Bruha said. “I hope the country stands diligent against terrorism and it doesn’t happen again,”