The Mid-South Remembers September 11, 2001

The Mid-South Remembers September 11, 2001

The Mid-South is joining the rest of the country in remembering the anniversary of September 11, 2001.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Mid-South is joining the rest of the country in remembering the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

12 years ago today, nearly 3,000 people died when planes slammed into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday morning, Memphis police and fire departments came together for a special tribute to the first responders who lost their lives on that day.

Wreathes were placed at the fire museum of Memphis' Memorial Wall.

September 11th, 2001 was a day that changed lieutenant Rickey White of Memphis. He's a firefighter and his job took on a whole new meaning 12 years ago.

"I had gotten a call the day before to be at headquarters at 9 o'clock on September 11th for a promotional ceremony. I had gotten promoted to the rank of lieutenant,” White said.

What he saw on the news left him speechless. It was like losing family.

"I just never thought that 343 guys would die," White said.

After seeing both towers of the World Trade center go up in flames and then crumble, he knew that some of those firemen...his brothers...were thinking.

"I'm pretty sure those guys at least half of them went in thinking that that was going to be their last fire,” White said. "We're all the same kind of personalities and we like to help and we like to give and they gave," White said.

Emergency responders and relief agencies put in countless hours helping those who needed it.

Elain Clyburn of Memphis was one of them.

When the attacks happened, she had just walked into her church office.

"And everyone was watching television and so on..and so I immediately realized that I need to turn around to the Red Cross Office because I'd be getting a call," Clyburn said.

That call took her to Washington D.C, where she became the interim director of the Red Cross response.

“In some ways when you're really, really busy you don't have time to collapse until afterwards. But what you come to realize quickly is that nobody is superman or superwoman," Clyburn said.
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