TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)— Draped in red, white and blue, dozens of Tampa Fire Rescue firefighters remembered their 343 fellow comrades who lost their lives 14 years ago. Tampa Fire Chief Tom Forward served as the master of ceremonies at an observance ceremony on Friday morning, leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
The day was not something that played out on a television screen for district chief Mark Bogush. He traveled to New York City two days after the terror attacks and saw the devastation firsthand. “It was hard to imagine the amount of destruction we were about to see. When we turned that corner, it took your breath away. It was hard to imagine all of that piled up there and that all of those people could possibly be there, under that rubble,” said Bogush.
The memories are still fresh in Bogush’s memory, as he took time to reflect on Friday. “In America’s worst hour, it brought out the best in people,” said Bogush.
The ceremony also honored police officers and emergency rescue workers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.