Remembering 9/11: The Impacts on Our Community
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Over a decade ago, nearly three–thousand Americans, mostly civilians, died after Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked three commercial airline jets crashing them into two World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
"Well, what came down? What came down?"
"It crashed. The other trade center is down, it's down."
For most Americans it's a day they won't soon forget.
September 11th, 2001.
It's a vivid memory filled with emotion.
"Yeah, it hurt...to see the buildings crumble was a concern," said Richard Fife, remembering 9/11.
A moment forever time stamped in our minds.
"I was about 10 or 11–years old. I woke up super early in the morning about 6:20 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. and all I saw was everything crashing on t.v.," said Tess Encinas, remembering 9/11.
Millions watched as Islamic terrorists committed the single deadliest attack on American soil.
"I think the awareness of world terrorism issues was brought to everyone's immediate attention," said Fife.
As Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter explains, for many of our local law enforcement officers it was a call to arms.
"What it's been to us is we've done considerably more schools. You know, education, education, education. That's vital in what we do. And, in the event of something happening again we'd hope to think we're going to be ready for it," said Carter.
Now eleven years later, local law enforcement agencies, like the sheriff's office, are benefiting from officers with military training.
"I think as much as anything, what they learn is confidence," said Carter.
Creating a safer community in the wake of a day we will never forget.
Leading up to this anniversary, there's was controversy surrounding the health of first responders, but the Federal Government recently added more than fifty types of cancer in a program that pays for their healthcare costs.
Victims can begin applying for funds in about a month.