‘We’re under attack’: 9/11 responders in the Carolinas relive the horrors of that day – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-10 18:20:15 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) — It was Tuesday.

As everyone said, it was a beautiful morning.

It was a mediocre day.

Twenty years later, the three first responders who now live in East Carolina continue to be plagued by the days when they change their faces.

Of the 2,753 people who died on the premises of the World Trade Center in New York City, 343 were firefighters, 23 were New York City Police Department officers, and 37 were Port Authority police officers. In Washington, DC, the attack killed 184 people. In Pennsylvania, another 40 people were killed after passengers rebelled against hijackers at rallies and “Let’s Roll.”

In total, the attack killed 2,996 people and injured 25,000.

News13 talked with three first responders and recalled that they wanted people to continue to respect the memories of 9/11 and its clear, cloudless Tuesday.

Richard Gimble, FDNY

After being injured on Friday, Gimbl turned on his TV and was sick when he saw a second plane hit.

“I knew I had to get in,” he said. “We all jumped in with our gear and went to Ground Zero. At that time, the second tower collapsed.”

He lost more men than any other fire department in the city. Both companies. Squad 288. Dangerous goods 1.

Even after 20 years, the question remains. Why was I saved? Why am I here and all of me are gone?

“I had tears and had a nightmare in the bunk bed at night,” he said. “But we were all able to overcome this by being together. It’s a bond. It’s a bond that you can’t understand and you can’t break it.”

Four days later he went home. All bridges were covered with people and flags.

“No one can forget all of these areas that were part of this attack on our soil,” he said.

Troy Hutchinson, Metropolitan Washington Airports Bureau Fire Department

Hutchinson overlooked the Potomac River and saw smoke spreading in the sky.

“We were rerouted to the Pentagon,” he said. “This is the building that protects our country, and it was attacked by a terrorist plane.”

Then another idea. What else can an attacker do if he arrives at the Pentagon?

“All day, my body was up and down everywhere,” he said.

After that, everyone raised a flag in their garden.

“This country is united and we are very united,” he said. “Nothing could break it.”

It was an intestinal punch. I was surprised. That was something he needed to remember for people.

“We need people to love our country, protect our country, and protect each other,” he said. “We need to unite.”

Felix Cruz, NYPD

“When the first plane crashed, they told us it was an accident, first they told us it was an accident,” Cruz said. “We did what everyone else did, it was that we turned on the TV. When the second plane crashed, it was that we were under attack and they said we were. When I said to. “

Manhattan looked like a bomb had exploded. Chaotic.

“It was hard for us to get in and out and see our bodies,” he said. “When we started collecting bodies-it was difficult to get into Ground Zero. People gathered and supported us, and that was the backbone that kept us moving. And I will never forget that feeling. “

He takes several hours to put on his old uniform. Memories always come back.

“I went to all the funerals with this dress uniform,” he said.

Talking to the children, he urges. Please see the program. And never forget.

“Don’t make it a catchphrase,” he said. “Never forget. You don’t because it makes so much sense to us.”

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