Lewisville—It was a somber 9/11 anniversary for some members of the Lewisville Fire Department, who lost close friends during the terrorist attack.
Chief Rick Lasky remembers the horrifying day when dozens of firefighters he knew rushed toward the burning towers. Lasky lost 11 buddies. Today, he talked about fire safety improvements on a radio program and remembered his colleagues and their contributions. "They are still teaching us today. They will continue to teach our firefighters even though they are gone".
Lasky, who hosted a radio program on fire safety to mark the anniversary, also took part in a moment of silence at 9:06 and 9:28 -- the times the towers fell. Even though it was not a typical day, it was still a work day at Station One.
Firefighter Chase Kirby thought about those lost while sweeping up during calls. Kirby was a high school senior when the attacks happened. He says 9/11 was a pivotal moment that prompted him to consider a career in the fire service. "It kind of pushed me toward wanting to be a firefighter and gave me respect for what they do".
Reminders and mementos from the terrorist attacks are everywhere in the station. A piece of the World Trade Center is on display, along with an etched-glass memorial with the names of those who died, hanging in the entrance.
But, for Captain Tom Mack it is the poster in the weight room that reminds him of what was lost. The poster contains the pictures of all 343 firefighters who were killed on 9/11. "When I look at that poster the magnitude really hits me. On that one day we lost more than 3 times the number of people in our entire department", says Mack.
Chief Lasky says even though the day will stand as one of the worst in the country's history, there was still some good to come out of it. "Our training is better and now there are grants for upgraded equipment". Changes that Lasky says may not have happened, except for that awful day eight years ago.