Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue honors 20th anniversary of 9/11

Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 5:03 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - At 8:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001, the first plane hit the World Trade Center. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the attacks, Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue turned on the lights and sirens of all its vehicles at that time the same morning 20 years later.

“We haven’t forgotten. It’s still on our minds like it was yesterday. We lost our brothers, and they represent what we do and it’s one of these sad days we have to live through again, actually annually, actually daily,” said SVFR member George Tawes.

For SVFR, September 11 hits home even more because one of its late members, Bill Kennedy, lost his son, Thomas Kennedy, who was a New York firefighter, on the day of the attacks 20 years ago.

“We lost him, the world lost him, along with everyone else we lost.”

Tawes said first responders are driven by being there to help no matter the situation, which is what many did 20 years ago and continue to do on a daily basis.

“We know what we have to do and we don’t think about the danger; we just have to go do it.”

This is the largest 9/11 remembrance event the department has done, but it made its message clear, to never forget 9/11.

For more information on SVFR, you can find its website here and Facebook here.

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