Local Responder Shares with Students Why He Went to New York Hours After the 9/11 Attack

By Scott Sarvay

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, some Kekionga Middle Schoolers got a first hand account of what it was like to be there.

Fort Wayne Fire Fighter John Hammerick left home only hours after the World Trade Center was hit and arrived on the scene before the sun came up the next day.

He was one of the few non-New Yorkers who helped in the search and recovery efforts.

And by talking to the students, Hammerick hopes to add a sense of reality to events that happened when the kids were only four-years-old.

Hammerick says, “They were too young to know, ten years ago, what happened during 9/11. What I'm hoping for them to understand is why we have troops overseas, a little bit and with what our nation was like after 9/11.

Hammerick will leave Tuesday to be back in New York on Sunday, the 10th anniversary, and visit with friends he made during some of the most trying times in American history.




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