TALLADEGA -- Pastors Making a Positive Impact in Talladega called on local religious and government leaders Tuesday to pay tribute to those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to pray for the nation as a whole and first responders in particular going forward.
The Rev. Phoebe Presson of Jacobs Chapel CME Church spoke about the purpose of the occasion, and the Rev. Barbara Embry of Christ Deliverance Christian Center gave a special recognition of Talladega firefighters and offered prayers for their safety Tuesday.
The Rev. Robert Klotz of First Baptist Church of Talladega offered prayers for forgiveness, the Rev. Craig Little of Southside Baptist Church prayed for healing, the Rev. Eugene Jacobs of Union Springs Baptist Church for overcoming and the Rev. Dante Whittaker of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church for solidarity.
Talladega fire Chief Danny Warwick, who also recently retired from the U.S. Army after serving in Kuwait and Iraq, also gave his remembrance of the day the world changed 17 years ago.
“I looked to the firefighters and I realized our training was not adequate for something like this,” he said. “I saw people jumping out of the towers because of the heat from the burning jet fuel, and I thought, ‘How can an emergency responder even handle something like this.’”
But that did not stop the first responders on that day. Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in all four attacks were 343 New York firefighters, and 71 New York and Port Authority police officers.
Warwick then set off an alert tone on service radio, then said “Remember those first responders who lost their lives that day. Never forget.”