Students Honor First Responders

Those of us who are old enough to remember the tragic attacks on 9/11 will likely never forget where we were and how we were impacted that day.
Today, one Coast elementary school learned about that fateful day and showed them just how important first responders were then and now. News 25’s Bryan Kennedy takes us to a special ceremony that took place today at West Hancock Elementary School.
From the smile on her face, you may not know the struggle that 5th grader Emma Holifield is facing. Even though she wasn’t born when the events of September 11th unfolded, it’s that struggle that’s taught her the importance of a first responder. “They mean a lot to me because they save lives every day, every moment. And because I’m sick, I have diabetes. And they help me.”
It was nurses, firefighters, police officers and other first responders that were on the scene, saving lives and providing comfort, on that fateful day.
Today, students at West Hancock Elementary honored first responders here on the coast. 
For some, the idea of those who risk their life for others hits close to home. Fifth grader William Warren said, “My dad, he’s in the Air Force. He couldn’t be here because he was on guard duty.”
While the students that roam the halls at West Hancock weren’t even born when 9/11 happened, teachers and principals believe they can learn a valuable lesson from today’s event. Principal Katie Warren said, “I want them to understand that the right thing isn’t always the easy thing. It’s not easy to go to war. My son is in the Air Force. It’s not easy to see him deployed and leave a wife and children, but that’s the right thing.”

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