Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The events hundreds of miles away in New York City, had a sobering effect on law enforcement officials in Fort Wayne, and across the Hoosier State for years to come.
A Fusion Center was created in Indianapolis, where local, state and federal agencies deliver information about crime issues and possible terrorism threats, which gets shared with police departments all over Indiana.
We have the benefit of hindsight now, but 11 years ago today, law enforcement officials were in the dark like the rest of the population
Everybody was thinking safety and security, but you didn't really know what kind of threat might be lurking around the next bend.
The ash was still settling over Manhattan, as public safety officials in Fort Wayne began trying to sort out what their next move should be.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York was also the Chief back then. He says it was not an easy time to be in such a leadership position. " We had a meeting with the fire chief and the mayor, and focused on our utilities. We had extra patrols out, surveillance on our utilities, cause it was a scary time, we just didn't know what was going to happen."
Chief York got to see the tumultuous scene at the Trade Center Towers, up close and personal when he and then Fire Chief Tim Davie, took tens of thousands of dollars raised through citizen donations in Fort Wayne, and hand delivered the money to police and fire officials in New York about a month after 9/11.
One of his most vivid 9/11 memories from a time our nation will never forget.
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