Former DC Firefighter Plans New Bern Tribute For Fallen 9-11 First Responders

A former Washington D.C. firefighter who now lives in New Bern hopes on the anniversary of 9-11, people will stop and take a moment to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice as first responders.

Phil Buffa was a firefighter in Washington D.C. On September 11th, 2001. He says it started as a normal work day until 8:45 when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City. He says that day he just did his job, like the 403 firefighters, police officers, and port authority police officers who lost their lives. So he will place 403 flags in the courtyard of Christ Episcopal Church on Middle Street, in New Bern.

"I just wanted people to remember who these people were. They were fathers. They were mothers. They were brothers. They were sisters. They were people that went to work ,and they basically saved 25,000 people in the World Trade Center, and I want people to remember them. I want people to see those people's names and faces," said Buffa.

Phil says he knew 28 of the people he will hang flags for Friday. He hopes people take this anniversary to "always remember and never forget." Buffa says volunteers are welcome to help set up the flags. If you want to help, he asks for you to be at the church at 9:45 a.m. Friday morning. There will be a ceremony at noon.


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