Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of September 11th.
The day terrorists attacked the United States, killing almost three thousand people. The First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa held a citywide Thanksgiving Service to honor those who lost their lives and to recognize Tulsa’s emergency personnel and first responders.
Members of EMSA, Tulsa Fire Department and Tulsa Police Department were among those in attendance.
Operations Supervisor for EMSA, James Postoak, said he never forgets about the citizens and first responders who lost their lives 11 years ago.
“It very difficult for anyone who lives in the United States,” said Postoak.
The heroism and selflessness that was displayed by emergency personnel in New York, is what guided some in Oklahoma to want to step.
Tulsa Firefighter and EMT, T.J. Harris, said the events of 9/11 solidified why he wanted to work as a firefighter. “People were in need and they were there and they did it without hesitation,” said Harris, “I wanted to part of that and I wanted to be part of that brotherhood.”
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said he respects the work emergency responders do across the country and in Oklahoma. “They are running into burning buildings, they are running into gun fire and they show that kind of bravery every single day of their life,” said Chief Jordan.
“It’s remembering the ones that feel and remembering why we are still doing this job,” said Tulsa Fire Department Captain Duane George.
Tulsa’s Emergency Personnel and First Responders said they still hurt for those killed in the attacks and they remain committed to serving the community.
“We are there on people’s worst day and we are there to make a difference,” said Harris.