On September 11, 2001, our nation stood in shock when the Twin Towers were hit by terrorists. As the towers fell, Americans were devastated by what we saw. It wasn’t just an attack on some buildings or a single city far away. It was an attack on our very way of life, our ability to walk down the street without fear, and our sense that this type of thing could never happen here.
As a young EMT, I was driving a patient to the hospital in an ambulance as the first plane hit the Twin Towers. We watched it on replay in the Emergency Room assuming we had seen the end of it when the second plane hit. From that moment on, we were a nation gripped with fear, not knowing if there were more attacks planned or where they might be. Our country would never be the same again.
Later, there was the horror of bodies being pulled from the rubble and family members unsure as to whether or not their loved ones made it out alive. Even now, it’s hard to think about. But as the graphic images came across the screen, what emerged from the tragedy was also a portrait of bravery, heroism, and compassion from our first responders from New York City and around the globe. As I witnessed the courage of our firefighters, police, and emergency medical professionals, I knew without a doubt that I was on the right path and vowed to continue on my work as a paramedic and first responder.
Today, I am proud to say that I not only continued my work as a first responder–I expanded that mission. My wife and I built and own the largest EMS recertification training program for EMT’s and Paramedics in the country, and I have dedicated my life to ensuring that our country has a team of well-trained professionals ready to meet any challenge we might face. I also continued my education and obtained a Master’s degree in History and a law degree, so that I might be of service to our community and make a greater impact.
As a small business owner and public health educator, I know how important it is to be able to respond quickly to any situation, as so many did on 9/11 and shortly after. I bring this perspective with me in everything I do, whether that is responding to the global pandemic or preparing my students for the challenges ahead with fires or climate change. My life was forever changed on September 11, 2001, and my work continues in memory of all the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.
On this day, we remember those who were injured and died in the September 11 attack and all those who were impacted by this terrible tragedy. Americans will never forget what happened that day, and we honor all those who raised their hand to help when our country needed them.
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