9/11: Never Forget (Special Podcast Highlight)

Do you remember exactly where you were when you found out about the devastating terror attacks in New York City? We must never forget how people came together in unity to support one another. 

Chief John LaBarbera reflects on the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th attacks with host John Morales of Morning Air. Chief LaBarbera, a retired battalion chief with the Fire Department of New York City and an executive board member of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, shares his memories of that fateful day.

He recalls the moment he learned of the attacks while at the gym and rushed to Ground Zero. Despite orders to stay put, he and several others disobeyed to help injured civilians and first responders. Chief LaBarbera describes the overwhelming devastation at the World Trade Center site and the courageous efforts of firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel who went into the buildings to rescue people.

He emphasizes the importance of understanding the magnitude of the tragedy and the heroism displayed by first responders. Chief LaBarbera also discusses how, in the days following 9/11, people across the country showed unprecedented unity, respect for first responders, and a return to faith.

He acknowledges that, over time, some may have sadly forgotten about 9/11, especially younger generations, which is why organizations like the Tunnel to Towers Foundation are working to educate students about the events of that day through their 9/11 curriculum and mobile exhibit.

Chief LaBarbera stresses the importance of ensuring that future generations never forget the events of September 11th, 2001, and he encourages support for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s educational initiatives.

Morning Air® with John Morales is an inspiring, informative, joyful, and family-friendly way to start your day! From breaking news and social issues to tips for business, parenting and family life, Morales and co-host Glen Lewerenz cover every topic from a balanced, Catholic perspective.