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9/11: “The untold and forgotten message”

Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS
Source: Anna Fire and Rescue Source: Anna Fire and Rescue
Source: Anna Fire and Rescue Source: Anna Fire and Rescue
ANNA, IL (KFVS) -

A firefighter in Anna, Illinois wrote a short paper to raise awareness for first responders everywhere still dealing with the aftermath from the most deadly day in history for New York City firefighters.

Part time Anna Fire and Rescue firefighter Braden Rider was only six years old at the time of the 9/11 terror attack, but said the loss goes through his mind every time he puts on his gear for a call.

“Those guys thought that they were just going to a major fire,” Rider said. “And they probably didn't think that they weren't going home that day.That's something that every firefighter still needs to keep in their head, and 9/11 is the perfect reminder of that.”

“This is the message I wish to convey… the untold and forgotten message of the surviving firefighters who didn’t perish that day. These are the forgotten embers that still burn, 15 years later. These men and women, after having just witnessed and heard the violent death of their coworkers (coworkers, who I might add, are just as close as family), then had to spend the next weeks going through the rubble of the World Trade Center and pulling out the thousands of victims; the crushed civilians and the lifeless and bloodied bodies of their brothers that, not so long ago, sat around the table with them and watched TV, ate breakfast with them, and spent hundreds of hours training with them, forming bonds that are stronger than most anything you can imagine.”

--excerpt from "Forgotten Embers" by Braden Rider

The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law in 2011 by President Barack Obama, establishing the World Trade Center Health Program.

The program covers certain costs and offers medical service to responders and civilians who lived in affected areas at the time of the attacks. 

It first failed in 2006 following cost concerns.

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