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celebrating COMMUNITY

ON THE MORNING OF 9/11

firefighters and police officers went to their station houses. It was just another day of work. But it wasn’t. They were called in to help the countless victims trapped inside the Twin Towers. When I think about September 11th, and the days that followed, I can still hear the whistling sound of the firefighters and police officers that were trapped in the buildings trying to save lives. There were 350 firefighters and 60 policemen who gave their lives during that day and the many days that followed. In May of 2008, friends Jerry Hoberman and Ray Somberg were having lunch and the topic of 9/11 came up. When tragedies like 9/11 happen, people are very appreciative of the police, fire, and paramedics. Then, as time goes by they are once again taken for granted. Hoberman and Somberg decided to create a Firefighter & Police Appreciation Day on June 10th to honor these local heroes that protect and serve in our own community. Hoberman says, “Our objective is to let every firefighter and police officer know how much we appreciate their dedication to our safety and appreciate the sacrifices they make.” Hoberman and Somberg are hoping that this will become a national holiday in the next 3 to 5 years. And why not? We have Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, it makes sense to honor our local heroes with a special day. The event will kick off at 7:30 am with Operation Lantern where 240 volunteers will hold signs at stories of heroism continuously draw higher and higher ratings in tv shows intersections to get cars to honk and flash their lights to honor the fire and and movies, in graphic novels and in video games. is it because our culture police forces. Mayor Suttle is holding has lost touch with everyday, everyman heroism that we seek dramatic a press conference afterwards. examples of it in our fantasies? for those of us hoping to find examples of There will be a luncheon at the true and enduring heroism, one need look no further than omaha’s own… Qwest Center recognizing the firefighters and police. Tickets are still available for this event and range from $100 to $500 per seat with the proceeds going to purchase critically needed equipment for the fire and police departments. During that period, lunch will also be delivered to 24 fire stations, 4 police precincts, Fire and Police Headquarters, and the training center. From 1:30-3:30 pm there will be a variety of STORY BY HOLLY MCATEE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE CONNOR AND TIMOTHY KEEN demonstrations in the Qwest Center

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