Baton Rouge Fire Department honors 9/11 victims
BATON ROUGE - As the Baton Rouge Fire Department paid respects to the lives lost 13 years ago on September 11, new firefighters explained how the events impacted their lives.
At 7:46 a.m. CST, American Airlines flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and 343 firefighters died trying to save others.
Baton Rouge Fire Department recruits say they'll never forget the terrorist attacks on our nation. It's part of what bonds firefighters together.
"I mean it takes a strong person to go into an unpredictable situation to help somebody you don't know," said firefighter Everrett Parker. "You have to have something in you to be that person. Knowing that we represent those guys that have fallen, that's something you keep with you inside and it's just a wonderful feeling."
"We lost a lot of firefighters in 9/11. Just seeing them running in while everyone was running out, you know, a lot of people say that about firefighting, and everybody got to see it on that day," said firefighter Knight Roddy. "I'm definitely going to remember where I was and what I was doing and what I was thinking and feeling when it happened."
Some firefighters say the 9/11 attacks are part of what made them want to help others as first responders.
"I definitely think that it stayed with me, and this is why I pursued it. 9/11 was part of why I came to be a firefighter now," said Parker.
Of the 2,753 people reported missing at the World Trade Center, 1,115 victims have not been identified, according to the New York City Medical Examiner's Office.