Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? I do! I was on patrol, on the High School campus where I was a School Resource Officer (SRO). It was a perfectly beautiful day, here in Texas. A fellow officer drove up to me and asked if I heard about the plane crash in New York, hitting the World Trade Center. I hadn’t heard yet, but thinking of how the Empire State Building had been hit before by small aircraft, I was thinking that this might be the case.
I then started receiving radio calls of the first crash…then the second. I immediately notified the district’s Superintendent, who had his TV on. We notified all campuses to be on alert, since no one in the entire nation truly knew what was going on. I went to my office to make phone calls to see if I could get more information. My friend, Linda, had her TV on in her class across the hall, where we watched what was taking place.
Though my heart broke for all of the tragedies that were taking place…North Tower, South Tower, the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a resurgence of national pride and righteous anger took place. This day will forever be ingrained in the memories of those of us that witnessed it, whether on TV or at any of the sites. Never again will we respond in the same way to hijackings. I encourage everyone to be prepared, educate yourself and never for a moment, take our country for granted nor delude yourselves that it won’t happen again.
I laud the First Responders of every entity, our military and all of those civilian heroes that did everything they could those dark days. Every First Responder…past, present and future….will be effected in the way we respond and prepare for the day we will be attacked again. Take the time to say “Thank you” to any you see…they are the Thin Line, whatever the color, that stands between you and our enemies.
I, for one, Have Your Six! God Bless America!