Remembering 9/11: Jacksonville Fire Chief's emotions run deep, 17 years after attacks

  • Source: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
  • Published: 09/12/2018 03:34 AM

As the 17th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and attempted attack on other locations dawned, many took time to remember those who died and where they were when the acts of terror happened. Jacksonville Fire Chief Doug Sills was glued to his television, looking for answers. “I can recall being glued to the TV, and like most Americans hungry, searching for the who, what and why of the events of that day,” Sills said. “I can recall the emotions that I was experiencing in the days, weeks and months afterwards as the stories were told of the many heroic acts of that day by firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and citizens alike.” Sill, the keynote speaker at the two September 11 ceremonies on the downtown square on Tuesday, said there were many tales of heroics and it is important to remember their sacrifice and all those the died. “All told when said and done, 2,974 victims died in the initial attacks of that day making it the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,” Sills said.


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