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Local firefighters reflect on 9/11

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

11 years ago 343 firefighters died in the September 11th attacks. Although not one was from Wisconsin, fire departments across our state mourned.

"It was hard for us," Lt. Denise Behm from the Weston Fire Department said. "We went about our duties but didn't really talk to each other, I guess we were just afraid to face the truth. "

Behm has been a firefighter in Weston for 15 years. On September 11th 2001, she was on duty.

"It was hard to even look at each other only because of all the emotions going around the fire house," Behm explained.

A little further south in Stevens Point, Lt. Tracy Aldrich remembers what it was like that day.

"I was in shock," Aldrich said. "To be honest I don't know how I felt, maybe more numb and then as information came in and we got a clearer picture of what happened, it was devastating."

But for him, it was a balance between remembering and learning from the attacks.

"As the months, years went by it just provided better awareness on how we can do our jobs better, how we can provide better service to our community," Aldrich said.

But, no matter what community, or what state, firefighters say they'll band together and will never forget the ones they lost.

"I'll keep them in my hearts until the day I'm gone," Behm said.

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