Local Firefighters Remember 9/11

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

September 11, 2006

Days after the attacks, a group of local firefighters headed to New York.

Charlottesville firefighter and Scottsville Fire Chief Timmy Cersley was one of a handful of local firefighters who traveled to Ground Zero about a month after the terror attacks to stand side by side with his fellow brethren, paying their last respects.

“Obviously no one can know what those guys went through that day, the things that they saw,” said Cersley.

On September 11th, 2001, 343 New York firefighters died and Cersley and his comrades consoled family members and attended funerals.

Cersley remembers the services for Bronco Pearsol of Rescue Company Four where firefighters from around the country lined up four rows deep, and eight blocks long to honor a fallen hero.

“I remember when Bronco’s son came out and they had found his father's helmet and he was carrying the helmet; to see that, it just broke your heart,” said Cersley.

Monday, wearing his dark blue dress uniform, he will once again pay tribute to the firefighters lost that day.

“I don't think we should ever forget that day and the lives that were taken from us that day,” said Cersley.

Every time he puts on his uniform, Cersley remembers 9/11; a stark reminder that you never know what the next minute will bring.

“I mean those people went to work that morning not knowing what that day was going to turn out. [Make] sure that you tell people that you love them,” said Cersley.


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