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York County firefighters remember 9/11

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 06:46 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

YORK -- Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.  Firefighters with York Area Fire and Rescue reflected on that day, and how they remember it today.

Joe Stoppard had a young daughter 12 years ago. "I was home alone with her, my wife was working. I took my one-year-old into the station and spent the hours watching it on TV there," he says.  It especially hit home when he saw how many fellow fire fighters entered the towers.

"Definitely thought about these people - they are going into the buildings. And as the day progressed we sat the buildings were coming down. We knew we lost firefighters." Jerry Strobel explained the brotherhood firefighters share: "We're here day in and day out together. It becomes kind of a family and you look out for your family. You try to protect them." 

Stoppard says he'll reflect and remember emergency rescuers privately Wednesday. But there are several events for the public scheduled over the next few days to remember the victims.

On Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Prospect Hill Cemetery there will be ceremonies. A Court of Valor ceremony will pay tribute to veterans, firefighters, police and other people lost in the attacks.

Events run throughout the day.  Wednesday, on the 12th anniversary of the attacks, there will be a parade at the York Fair. It will begin at 6 p.m. and end on the track.

Also on Wednesday, all emergency workers will get free admission at the York Fair. A valid ID is required. 
York County firefighters remember 9/11

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