Story by John Emeigh, MTN News
BUTTE, Mont. – Though it was 17 years ago, the 9/11 attack still haunts those who remember it.
“You know, I get chills even thinking about our country’s under attack and that’s something I never experienced,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.
Butte police, firefighters, first responders and veterans commemorated the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil with a somber parade of emergency vehicles through town followed by an emotional ceremony at the Butte Civic Center.
Lester recalls working at the school resources office at Butte High that fateful day.
“I can remember just walking into the school and it being so quiet and all the televisions were on and people were just in shock that this was happening in our country,” he said.
Danny McClafferty paid his respects during the ceremony for a national tragedy he’ll never forget.
“I think everybody remembers where they were on that day. That particular moment I was just opening up my business early in the morning and heard about it and ran home and watched the television like millions and millions of other Americans,” said McClafferty.
And while 17 years seems like a long time since the attack on 9/11, Butte Fire Chief Jeff Miller reminded the crowd that first responders from that terrible day are still suffering the consequences.
“First Responders in New York City continue to die from 9/11 caused cancers. Those who have survived the attack suffer daily from post-traumatic stress syndrome and survivor’s guilt,” Miller said.
A promise to never forget.