Mid-South honors first responders on 9/11 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South honors first responders on 9/11

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

As the world celebrated the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., the Mid-South honored first responders in their own way.

At the Fire Museum of Memphis, first responders came together to remember the heroes who rushed to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

An exhibit at the museum highlights the heroes on a day many in the U.S. will never forget.

“The fallen firefighters, Port Authority, police officers, and paramedics died in the line of duty,” MPD Division Chief Thomas Beasley said.

Beasley said even though the attacks happened miles away, the anniversary still hits home in the Bluff City, especially when some of their own joined in to help in the aftermath.

“We have a task force here within Memphis Fire Department, the one that responded and worked for ten days at the Pentagon,” Beasley said.

Many of their professional family were touched in the tragedy.

“That we've trained with, that we've worked with on a national level,” Beasley said.

Volunteer Steve Anderson said the men and women who served deserve all the support people can give, which is why his group, “With Hope Worldwide,” wanted to help set things up.

“The professional sometimes doesn't get the recognition we feel they need and deserve,” Anderson said.

He hoped Sunday’s event will help show that appreciation.

“They're always exposed to danger,” Anderson said. “They protect us.”

Anderson wanted all first responders to know he is grateful for that protection.

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