Local Fire Fighters Look Back At 9/11

by Mackenzie Stasko on September 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

It’s been 12 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,  but area first responders still remember where they were on that day.

Lieutenant Roger Hobson of the Zanesville Fire Department recalls being at home and watching the news on September 11, 2001. Today, Hobson and other fire fighters talk to the public about safety and when they do a demonstration for "pass packs," they are reminded of how many "brothers" and "sisters" they lost that day.

"It makes a noise to let other fire fighters know were down to come and help us. 9/11 those packs were going off like crazy," said Lt. Hobson. "So we tell the public ya know listen to this sound that’s going off and every time that we do set our pass devices off, it puts a frog in your throat. It’s just, it’s an eerie feeling to know that all those firefighters died trying to save others."

Bruce Burley has been a fire fighter since 1968, and he too was at home watching the news when the twin towers were hit. He said fire fighters are like family, calling it a "brotherhood around the country."

"I was dismayed with what was going on and was just devastated with the loss of life of the civilians, the firefighters, the police officers, everyone that was involved," said Burley, a fire safety instructor with the Falls Township Fire Department.

Hobson believes that today, there area better and safer ways to respond to emergencies like 9/11 and said his prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families, not just on 9/11, but everyday.