Local firefighters and cadets honor 9/11


Local firefighters and cadets honor 9/11

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Photo courtesy of Yuma Fire Department Photo courtesy of Yuma Fire Department

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Today marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that claimed the lives of thousands.

Here in Yuma, one fire cadet joins the annual local tradition of placing American flags outside the Yuma Fire Department's Station Two.

Aaron Wonders tells 13 On Your Side he is placing them for fallen firefighters as his way of making sure they are never forgotten.

As a cadet, it is the best tribute he can pay to those who paved a path for him

"I remember where I was and what I was doing that day," Wonders says of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City that forever shook our nation.

‘It's hard to believe it was real," he adds. "It was early in the morning when I saw a hole in the first building and I thought it was a movie on TV."

Wonders remembers images of firefighters, police officers and first responders risking their lives to save others.

Wonders says it had an influence on him wanting to serve this country as a firefighter and EMS.

Today, in remembrance, Wonders and other firefighters helped place 343 American flags  outside the Yuma Fire Department, to represent the firefighters who bravely gave their lives to rescue victims inside the Twin Towers as they collapsed.

Placing flags in rows similar to what is seen in military cemeteries is a tribute to remember heroes who lost their lives.

"To be participating in this tradition, in this memorial, it's an honor to be here," he said.

Yuma Fire Engineer Paul Evancho and his daughter Brittany started the tribute of placing the flags on the fire department lawn each anniversary of September 11th.

The flags will be lit up at night and they will stay on display until Thursday morning.

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