"Those guys truly were American heroes": Harlan County first responders remember 9/11

Published: Sep. 11, 2019 at 11:22 PM EDT
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The country watched in horror 18 years ago as the twin towers crumbled and killed nearly 3,000 people.

Harlan County paid its respects to first responders with a free meal and music.

"We stand behind you and we're thankful as a community to have you involved in emergency services in this great county of Harlan," said Dan Mosley, the Harlan County Judge Executive.

Emergency Management Director David McGill remembers the day clearly. He was an EMT, and he was dropping a patient off at the hospital.

"We knew the firefighters were gonna have a rough day, and then after we seen the second plane hit we knew we were at war," said McGill.

Chris Brewer was just a senior in high school. He comes from a family of military service. Just one month after the 9/11 attacks, his brother was deployed.

"Just seeing him leave home not knowing what would happen was something that definitely had an impact on my life, and just showing what it takes to serve our country. Just a first hand look at it," said Patrol Sergeant Chris Brewer.

He says 9/11 is a day he will never forget.

"It's just something that still gives you chills to think about seeing those guys that you know knowing that they probably would not return and they still rushed into the buildings to help people. Those guys truly were American heroes," said Brewer.

McGill says through all the bad, something good did come out of that day.

"It wasn't something about being democrat or republican, everybody was American, and we all came together and it is something I wish I could see everyday."

The meal was provided by Taco Holler and the music was performed by the group Kites from Corbin.

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