Thursday, October 6, 2011

Local College Honors Heroes of 9-11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 2,973 people lost their lives when tragedy struck the United States as a group of terrorist attacked what they consider to be our nation’s heart – New York City. That day would live on in the hearts and minds of every American. And three days before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, South Texas College’s Starr County Campus held a remembrance to honor those who passed away as a result of the tragedy, but also those who showed true heroism in the days and months following.

“Coming to this event really hit me in the heart because when you’re doing your job, you just do it. You don’t think about it, you just run to any situation they tell you to go take care of because lives are at stake,” said Ismael Rivas, fireman for the La Rosita Fire Department. “That’s what those brave firefighters and police men did that day. They didn’t think about it; they just went in there and did what they had to do. That is real bravery.”

Firefighters, police and emergency medical responders for departments from across Starr County participated in the ceremony. STC Starr County Coordinator Ruben Saenz and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal paid tribute to those lost on 9/11, but also local responders who risk their lives every day.

“This ceremony was a very heartfelt, filled with genuine emotion. Seeing all these first responders here let me know that that this community is ready for anything,” said Mayor Villarreal. “What happened that day did not just affect the people of New York; it affected the whole nation. We will never forget and we thank all those who put their lives on the line for us every day. You are all heroes.”

It was after the speeches and a moment of silence that the U.S flag was lowered and then lifted again to half mast in remembrance of the tragedy and bravery that occurred that day.

Photo caption:
STC Administrators, Board Member, and Mayor of Rio Grande with local Responders

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