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Firefighters commemorate anniversary of 9-11 attacks

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Green Bay Metro firefighters salute commemorating the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by: WTAQ Reporter Jeff Flynt).
Downtown Green Bay's 9-11 Memorial (Photo by: WTAQ Reporter Jeff Flynt).
Downtown Green Bay's 9-11 Memorial (Photo by: WTAQ Reporter Jeff Flynt).
Green Bay Metro firefighters salute commemorating the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by: WTAQ Reporter Jeff Flynt).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is being remembered in Green Bay.

Green Bay Metro Fire Division Chief Ann Watzka went to Ground Zero one month after the terror attacks to provide support for firefighters.

"It was just so gray, and there was no distinction of anything," said Watzka. "Anyone who's smelled a wet, smoldering and burning thing for an extended period of time knows it's just an acrid smell."

While she remembers the sights and smells of the rubble, Watzka says the biggest memory is the gratitude.

"It was amazing how many firefighters came up to me, and even if you didn't have significant emotional conversations with them, they would say please go back and tell everybody how much it means just to have you here, just to see you here, and know that we have that support network out there."

She says it's important to remember those who lost their lives and the families it's affected.

Green Bay Metro fire crews led salutes at the times the World Trade Center towers fell at the city's 9-11 Memorial on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt led city staff and the public in honoring the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in front of City Hall around the flag pole.

The remembrance ceremony was marked with a moment of reflection in honor of the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania flight.

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