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Delaware Firefighters Remember Sept. 11

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DOVER, Del. - Sept. 11, 2001 is a day Americans will never forget.

"You see the pictures, but to smell it, to feel it, and to work with those folks and stand side by side with those folks that were still working those piles of rubble is something that you'll never forget," said Charles Sayers, former fire chief of the Elsmere Fire Company.

Sayers was among hundreds who attended the 19th annual Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association Conference at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Wednesday. He says he vividly remembers the day America was attacked.

"We were actually at a conference for continuing education. After one of the classes we were watching television around the conference center and saw the plane hit the second tower. At that point everybody in America knew this was not an accident," said Sayers.    

Sayers was at Ground Zero in November 2001 to provide memorial services for those killed in the terrorist attacks.

"There was a little boy, the son, of one of the firefighters that we did the service for. He was standing there holding his fathers fire helmet," said Sayers as tears filled his eyes. "It's tough. I got kids of my own. How do you ever get that picture out of your mind. I don't know," said Sayers.

Warren Jones, executive manager for Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association, was also at Ground Zero. He help to coordinate Delaware firefighters to assist with funerals.

"The biggest problem I had was that they had 343 firefighters who died and there wasn't enough people. There wasn't enough of their own people to show respects and attend those funerals," said Jones.

It's those funerals and the faces of those mourning their losses that Sayers and Jones say they will never forget.

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