Sherman Fire Chief shares thoughts on 9/11

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SHERMAN, TX -- The Sherman Fire Department honored the victims of 9/11 with two different events. Fire Chief Jeff Jones agreed to a live interview at their central station prior to the activities.

The firefighters at Sherman Fire Department partnered with the
The Texoma Regional Blood Center to start the day with a 7a-5p blood drive at the Central Fire Station on South Travis Street. Anyone 17 or older was invited to donate to commemorate 9/11.

Deedee Morehead, Director of Donor Resources at the Blood Center reported, "64 pints of blood were collected: 49 at the Sherman Fire Department and 15 at the Blood Center. We are grateful to those who came out to help in saving lives as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Because one pint of blood can save 3 lives, then 192 patients will benefit from today’s blood drive! That is a tremendous gift to our community!"

Donors received a Jimmy John's sandwich along with chips and and a drink from the Blood Center. Mobile Supervisor Melinda Diaz said the event was in honor of all of the victims.

"We have this blood drive annually," said Diaz. "It's kind of like a remembrance of 9/11 and the events that happened on that day. Fortunately enough we are not critical on any blood as of right now but we do always need every type of blood."

Shortly after the blood drive began, the firefighters held another special ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11.

Sherman Fire gathered around the station's flag pole for a moment of silence at 7:45 Tuesday morning. 7:45 was the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center 11 years ago.

After a salute, the flag was raised to half-staff in remembrance of that day's heroes. Fire Chief Jeff Jones says the day is a solemn one for his firefighters and recalls how they've all been impacted as husbands, fathers and, for several of them, former servicemen.

"It's a pretty tough day for some of us and we've had crews that went to New York right after the impact," Jones said. "I visited the memorial recently and again its just a day of remembrance and a celebration of what America has done since then."

Air date: 9-11-12

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