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My 9/11 Soapbox

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I am sure you all know somebody who was affected by the tragedies surrounding 9/11/01 and the days following.  This day has not only changed some people's immediate lives, either through the death of a family member or friend, but has also in turn made everyone's lives a little safer by enacting policies and procedures governing just about every organization you can think of.  Perhaps the persons most affected by 9/11 are the members of our military and emergency response organizations.  Many have given the ultimate sacrifice in their dedication to this country and to the safety and welfare of its people.  As a volunteer firefighter, I see first-hand that every one of them is underpaid and underappreciated for their hard work and personal sacrifice in the line of fire. So if you see a member of the military, police, firefighter, EMT, etc., please let them know they are appreciated because your life and the ones you love depend on them.