Bernie Minet, director of Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services, has been a first responder for 23 years.
said the shift in attitude toward emergency responders was apparent Sept. 12, 2001.
He was a firefighter and paramedic with the Bellaire Fire Department at the time and was just finishing his shift that fateful September morning when the chief called everyone in to watch what was happening on television.
"As the towers collapsed and the cameras picked up pictures of fire and police vehicles, that's when you got chills," he
"Those were regular guys just like us that had just reported to work that day."
Among the casualties that day were 343 firefighters and paramedics who'd responded to the largest rescue operation in New York City's history.
The Port Authority, which was headquartered in 1 World Trade Center
, lost 37 police officers, and the New York Police Department
"It made us extremely proud to do what we did," Minet
"They just knew they call and somebody comes, without thinking about what goes on day in and day out, and what these guys see and take home with them everyday," Minet
Plans have been made and exercises in procedure have taken place for various disasters in Coshocton, Minet
said, but nothing could prepare for a disaster the magnitude of the collapse of the two World Trade Center towers.
"You just try to use your training and hope your reflexes kick in," Minet