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9/11 Artifact has new Home in Mississippi

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 12 Sep 2011 04:38pm | comments

A piece of the twin towers now has a home at the Mississippi fire academy in Pearl. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that leaders at the fire academy say the wreckage is a reminder of the sacrifice all first responders are willing to make.

The wreckage.....part of a metal beam and twisted steel bars attached to concrete......was unveiled yesterday in Pearl during a ceremony honoring the more than 300 first responders that died in the September eleventh terrorist attacks.

It will be on permanent display at the fire academy where the public, fire fighters and fire fighters in training like Anthony Green of Canton can see it.

"It makes it all more worthwhile. I really feel sure that I am making the right decision when I see people still commemorating the sacrifice of the fire fighters, the police force and even the emergency medical technicians. Just remembering that sacrifice is a real big thing, and I really feel like I am doing the right thing," Green said.

Fire academy director Reggie Bell says it is a reminder of past sacrifice, but also of how much fire fighters and other first responders have learned in the 10 years since the attack.

"The fire service, the law enforcement, the emergency medical, we are prepared more than ever. In fact, a lot more prepared than we were ten years ago to handle that situation as safely as possible," Bell said.

It took more than a year for the Fire academy to go through the application process in order to get the artifacts from the wreckage.  Josh Abercrombie drove up from his fire house in Picayune to watch the unveiling....he says the threat of death is just a daily part of the job that he tries not to dwell on.

"Day after day we come in and we never know when we are going to get that call when we are going to have to give up our life. It is what we do, and it is what we are all called to do. So we just go do it every day," Abercrombie said.

Still, Abercrombie believes it is important to take time out to remember the threat he and other fire fighters, police officers, and first responders face as part of their every day line of work.




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