2000 Miles away & 10 Years Later, Lander Remembers

 Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@k2tv.com

 While ceremonies took place all over the United States today to honor the lives lost on September 11th, the Lander Volunteer Fire Department also took time to remember.


 The American Flag flies high above the City of Lander on this 11th day of September.
And a crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Fremont County Courthouse to remember the lives lost ten years ago today.  

"It's one of the deadliest days in history for fire service," said Nick Hudson with the Lander Volunteer Fire Department. "And so as a fire department, we felt that it would be fitting to put on a service and remembrance for those folks. Not only that, but in remembrance for all the military that have paid the ultimate price, made the ultimate sacrifice since then."

Fire fighters, EMT's and civilians alike from Thermopolis, Basin, Rock Springs and Sweet Water County stood side by side to remember the unfortunate day they will never forget.

"If you go down main street today, it's filled with American flags," says Hudson. "And I think that's one thing that 9-11 really did, it brought the country together, I know it brought our town together."

Lyle Armstrong with the Rock Springs Fire Department, who also serves as the President of the Wyoming Fire Chief's Association says him and his fellow firefighters were looked at in a different way the days following 9/11.

"They would look at you with awe and kind of soul searching looks," Armstrong said. "It was scary because they were seeing you as somebody different when we weren't. We're the same people, we were doing the same thing, doing the same job that we had been doing and will continue to do."

And despite the fact that the City of Lander is over 2,000 miles away from Ground Zero, it is important for us to keep what happened on September 11th, 2001 fresh in our minds.

"This is our nation, we are interlocked with what happens in New York, we're interlocked with what happens in Florida, we're interlocked with what happens in Washington D.C. We can't forget, we have to remember and we have to work to make sure that doesn't happen again," said Armstrong.