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Duncan Hosts 12th Hero Luncheon

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DUNCAN Okla_ In honor of 9/11, Duncan residents honored their own heroes Wednesday.

First responders were honored at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Heroes Luncheon. The room was filled with firefighters, policemen and EMT's. They come together once a year to remember what happened on that day 12 years ago, and how much they have to be thankful for.

Duncan first responders and veterans listened as Wednesday's guest speaker Brigadier General Gregory Ferguson of the Oklahoma National Guard shared his memory of that day, being awakened by a phone call.

"It was my brother, and he knew I was flying," Ferguson said. "He said, ‘Where are you?', so I turned the TV on and started watching the events unfold."

Program Director for Air Evacuation Heather Taylor said it's an honor to have this luncheon on such an important day.

"I think that this is an honor to all of our emergency services personnel," Taylor said. "We are so thankful to be here today, especially not just for our emergency personnel services but our veterans."

Assistant Chief of the Duncan Fire Department Kevin Hammack said Wednesday is a very somber day, but it's a good opportunity for us to get together and to be thankful for what we have in our community.

"A lot of us don't feel like we're heroes," Hammack said. "We feel like we are doing our job. We come to work; we do our job. It's not a special thing for us. We don't want to draw attention to ourselves."

"I think the importance is that we never forgot," BG Ferguson said. "On that day, a very evil face came to our shores and attacked us and attacked innocent people. Those individuals that are not with us today deserve to be remembered."

BG Ferguson said that while the horrific attack on our country might have been 12 years ago, we must never forget those lives lost.

 

 

 

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