Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Area first responders were honored Tuesday at an event in remembrance of those who responded to a tragic event the nation will never forget.
HSHS St. Joseph’s in Chippewa Falls hosted its annual gathering of area first responders to reflect and remember those who responded to the World Trade Center attack, 17 years ago.
Event organizers told News 18 an event like this is a great way to say thank you, to not only those who have served, but continue to serve, not only across the nation, but right here in the Chippewa Valley too.
“I think these folks don’t get thanked enough,” said Robin Schultz, Director of Emergency Medical Services at HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s. “None of us get thanked enough for the care that we provide on a day-to-day basis, so any little thing that we can show to these folks that we value what they do for a profession or as a volunteer role from day-to-day, is a huge impact.”
Chippewa Falls Fire Chief, Mike Hepfler agreed with Schultz, and said events like this reaffirm how communities can come together in the eyes of tragedy.
“Remember the first responders, the firefighters, the paramedics, the EMTs, the law enforcement and our military on a day like today, that we don’t forget that these people are still serving out there, they’re still serving their community,” Hepfler said.
Cheif Hepfler also told News 18 that 17 years may have gone by, but the memories of that horrific day will say in the minds of first responders forever.