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Jonesboro, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

Local First Responders Remember 9/11

SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:00 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- First Responders were on the front line of defense as our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001. Local Firefighter Donnie Smith remembers what he felt for the First Responders at Ground Zero.

"When they started showing the actual footage and you could see their faces, you could tell what they were going through and what they were having to deal with and it really go to me," says Smith.

And ever since that day, the job of first responders across the country is different.

"It's changed our job a lot because since then we've learned it can happen here," says Jeff McGoveren, a Jonesboro Firefighter.

And with that change, came a new found sense of respect for those who place their lives on the line each day.

"We appreciate a great deal the amount of respect and admiration we've gotten from the public since then, but we feel really bad about the fact that so many people had to pay such a high price for us to get that kind of admiration and it's something that we're not going to take for granted," says Kevin Miller, the Jonesboro Fire Department Training Officer.

Tim Brickell has been a Paramedic for 26 years. He says all First Responders across the U.S. share a bond, something you could definitely feel on September 11.

"EMS, Fire and Police are close knit type of people and even though that happened hundreds of miles away from us in a bigger city that what we are here, we felt the same loss that they did because we do the same work they do, they do the same work we do. They're trained basically the same way we are," says Brickell.

All 3 groups of First Responders agreed on what has changed the most with their jobs since 9/11. They all said they now realize the importance of working together.

"I think that we've always felt that there was a need to work together, but I think that 9/11 brought a sense of urgency to the whole picture and made us communicate better, train together more, and just be better prepared to act if something like that did happen in our own neighborhood," says Sgt. Stephen McDaniel with the Jonesboro Police Department.

Many local First Responders said they will be participating in numerous events on Monday to commemorate the 5 year anniversary and remember those who lost their lives.

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