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Fort Wayne remembers the fallen on 18th anniversary of 9/11

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Folks in the Fort are encouraged to stop by the Police and Firefighter Memorial on Wells Street Wednesday in honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11.

Wednesday marks 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers took over four commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the attack.

Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Law enforcement and community members honored the fallen at the memorial, located at 1001 N. Wells St., and placed a total of 300 flags in the ground.

Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke with a former volunteer with the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross was dispatched to ground zero at the time.

It’s a moment in his life he will never forget.

“There was a little boys bicycle there no training wheels on it. That little boy couldn’t be over five and it sat there covered in dust. And I always wondered what happened to that boy you know,” retired Red Cross Volunteer Richard Loney said.

“The other memory is there was a lady that stood under an overhang and just stood there for a couple of days staring at that pile. It was obvious she had someone in there. Finally, I steered a Catholic priest to her and he took care of her from that…but passing through all the faces holding up pictures of their loved ones…that was bad too.”

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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