Flight Crews Say They Still Think About 9/11 Attacks

Alan Scaia
September 11, 2019 - 11:06 am
9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine

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GRAPEVINE (1080 KRLD) - Hundreds of people gathered around the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine Wednesday morning to mark the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Grapevine dedicated the memorial in 2008 and added the names of police and firefighters to memorials nearby in 2013.

"September 11 will never be just another date on the calendar," says the Allied Pilots Association's Patrick O'Rourke. "Instead, it will always remind us of the worst and the best of human nature."

Thirty-three crew members were killed in the attacks. Two of the four flights that were hijacked were American Airlines. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants' Liz Geiss says the crews and police and firefighters who responded could never have known what to expect when they went to work that morning.

"They are the true heroes," she says. "Each one of them has touched our lives. They live in our hearts. They truly will never be forgotten."

A New York City firefighter who was working that day spoke at the ceremony. Steven Humenesky moved to Texas after he retired.

"The important part to remember is it is 18 years, and we have an entire generation who weren't around when this happened, so it's important we keep talking about it," he says.

Humenesky says firefighters came from across the country to help with search efforts. He says any of them would have joined other firefighters who ran into the towers the day of the attacks.

"These acts prove that whether a firefighter works in Brownsville, Brooklyn or Brownsville, Texas, he or she is willing to do whatever the job entails," Humenesky says.

During the response, 343 New York firefighters were killed along with 71 police officers.