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Statesboro first responders remember 9/11 attacks


Communities across our region gathered to remember the victims of the Sept. 11th attacks, especially those who died trying to save the people in those buildings.

Friday in Statesboro, firefighters and police officers took time to remember the brothers and sisters lost.

“I was fresh out of college, starting my new job and going through training. And somebody opened the door and said that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers,” said Lt. Dereck Stoddard, Statesboro Fire.

Statesboro Fire Chief Tim Grams was a firefighter and had just finished a shift when his wife called.

“When I turned on the TV it was about the time the second plane was hitting. As soon as that happened, I got up got dressed and went to the fire house,” said Chief Grams.

The ceremony reminds them and their community that the attack changed not just New York or Washington, but the entire country, especially those who put their lives on the line for others.

“There were so many of us that would have done anything to get up to New York that morning. I remember a group of us in the chief's office begging him to send us,” said Chief Grams.

It also guided young people like Lt. Stoddard toward this calling.

“I wanted to help make a difference and wanted to serve like those 343 brothers and sisters that we lost,” said Lt. Stoddard. 

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