Fourteen years ago today, America experienced one of its darkest says. While many fled the disaster that struck New York, emergency responders ran toward the destruction to help.
On September 11, 2001, 343 firefighters lost their lives – a number forever engraved in Michael Durham’s heart because, he too, is a firefighter.
“The bravest 343 men died doing a job they love,” Durham said. “I do a job I love every day. I love being a firefighter. I love putting on my equipment, getting there and doing the job by helping people.”
In remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11, Durham and Aaron Rebeiro with the Volente Volunteer Fire Department of Travis County volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank.
“We took the day off to help other people and give back,” Durham said. “For me, 9/11 is a somber day. I lost a friend on 9/11, and I constantly want to give back because I never want forget this day, and I’ll never forget this day for as long as I live.”