"The fact that this happened 18 years ago is forever cemented in our minds. The number of first responders that were lost really shows the selflessness of their actions. That's the job. Certain things can be heart-wrenching, like hearing 'Taps' or thinking of the children of those lost who carry that legacy with them. That day will never be forgotten. We will not forget them."

-- Jennifer Fuchs, Lieutenant Engine 1, Paducah Fire Department

"I was 19 years old when the attack happened. Now, I feel compelled to do something every year on 9/11. I help to organize the Memorial Stair Climb in Nashville for the Paducah area service members."

-- Tim Kirkham, Captain of Paducah Fire Department

"It's still very touching for everybody in the service. I remember the moment the plane hit the first tower. It was very difficult to watch. A lot of people, experienced in the jobs they had, woke up that morning to help people and were never able to do that job again. We have to try to prepare for the unexpected."

-- Tony Crowe, Captain Engine 1, Paducah Fire Department

"I was in the Army at the time (of the attack), I was an MP. My wife was watching when they televised the first plane and she woke me up in enough time that I watched the second one hit. I remember thinking 'It's on, this is terrorism.' I did a tour in Afghanistan two years after. We went and we took care of business."

-- Keith Thuline, Patrolman for Paducah Police, Sergeant First Class retired U.S. Army

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