ASCENSION PARISH, La (NBC Local 33) (Fox 44)- It took place over a thousand miles away in a city much larger by comparison, but while most of the country bow their heads in silence and remembrance of 911, the Prairieville fire department decided to speak.
They told stories about those who died and walked the audience through the moments leading up the crash. But most importantly, they spoke about giving thanks.
“We’ve been doing this since 2002, the year after 911,” Assistant Fire Chief Jim Cooper said.
Chief Jim Cooper has worked side by side with tragedy and fire for nearly 53 years and in 2019 he still says that almost nothing has touched him like what happened in new york in 2001. And he can’t help but to talk and remember it.
“It is to honor the sacrifice that the first responders made at the twin towers to try and save people.”
It’s members of the fire department, like cooper, who want to keep the memory of 911 alive, not only because of what that event did to the country but how the Americans came together to help. And with every ring of a bell, the fire department was able to give that recognition to those who responded 18 years ago. And that’s all Kirk Jones, a fire department volunteer could ask for.
“Many of us talk about how we’ll never forget where we were that day, but younger people in our country don’t remember that day or weren’t born yet. We need to think a lot about how we teach our history.”
So if anything, the Prairieville Fire Department proved that 911 isn’t just a date to be silent and reflective, but a moment to take pride in a country that never broke under the weight of tragedy.