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New Haven remembers victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years later

New Haven remembers victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years later
New Haven remembers victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years later(WPTA)
Updated: Sep. 11, 2021 at 6:40 PM EDT
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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WPTA) - Hundreds gathered in New Haven to remember those killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

People reflected during an event called Emergency: The Ultimate First Responder.

Dozens of trucks drove past families who stopped to pay their respects. Many people say they remember where they were when they found out America was under attack.

“My family was getting phone calls from my friends asking ‘Is Robert okay?’” Veteran Robert Nunez said. “I was like ‘What are they talking about?’ and then I turn on the TV and by that time I saw the second plane hit the south tower and it’s like ‘Oh my gosh, what is going on?’”

Nunez was stationed in Washington D.C. and returned home to Muncie about a year before the attacks happened.

“I was in Bagram from 2003 to 2004 then I got called back for immobilization for five years from 2009 to 2014,” Nunez said.

Members of the New Haven Fire Department also remember what was America’s darkest day.

“I remember the disbelief and the shock and I believe at that minute it made us realize how important out military is because at that minute our military had to step up and secure our country,” Fire Chief Joshua Hale said.

One of the goals of Saturday’s event was to also bring more people on board to become first responders.

“We’re always there and we’re always there on someone’s worst day,” New Haven Fire Department Capt. Jon Stauffer said. “So the key is we’re training, we’re giving public education, we’re showing people what they need to do.”

The department said they plan to hold this event again next year and they urge people to ask questions if they want to join the team.

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