Local first responders and officials gathered Tuesday morning at a Chapel Hill fire station to honor the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, remembering the courage and sacrifice of responders as town public safety officials prepare for Hurricane Florence’s arrival.
“It’s important we take the time each year to honor the people that perished on that fateful morning but also recognize the men and women who fought so gallantly to save lives that day,” said Town Manager Maurice Jones. “These heroes arrived on scene and rushed into the crippled twin towers, while others were rushing out.”
In his first three weeks as town manager, Jones said he’s been impressed with Chapel Hill’s emergency personnel and noted the fire department’s success in putting out a local fire Monday night amidst thunderstorms.
“With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, we will be tested again in the coming days," Jones said. "Based on what I know, and have seen of our emergency personnel, I am confident we will be able to take on any challenge.”
Matthew Sullivan, the chief of the Chapel Hill Fire Department, spoke on the bravery of 9/11 first responders and the courage of emergency personnel across the nation. In 2001, Sullivan was employed with New York City to provide peer support and critical incident stress management for first responders following the terrorist attacks.