First Responder Reflects On September 11 Attacks

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A first responder’s message 20 years after attack on World Trade Center

By Shannon Longworth (Reporter)

After assisting with rescue efforts on September 11, 2001, former Sgt. Michael Dowd has battled cancer and several other health conditions. Despite the mental and physical challenges he has encountered due to the experience as a first responder, he says he would do it all over again. In an interview, Dowd explains exactly why he thinks it is so important for other Americans to remember, as he takes time to disconnect on the anniversary of the attack.

“I am somewhat disturbed that, 20 years later, a lot of people have forgotten about it,” Dowd said.

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After assisting with rescue efforts on September 11, 2001, former Sgt. Michael Dowd has battled cancer and several other health conditions. Despite the mental and physical challenges he has encountered due to the experience as a first responder, he says he would do it all over again. In an interview, Dowd explains exactly why he thinks it is so important for other Americans to remember, as he takes time to disconnect on the anniversary of the attack.

“I am somewhat disturbed that, 20 years later, a lot of people have forgotten about it,” Dowd said.

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