MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - The 9-11-01 tragedy changed our nation forever. Thousands of people throughout our country were hurt that day. Many outside New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC helped first responders get through what happened.
A detective and other officers with the Madison Police Department traveled to New York City. All covered the city's grieving officers. Firefighters from Madison honored New York City's fallen firefighters this year.
Marcus Adams was one of eight Madison police officers sent to New York City in 2001.
"It was bittersweet," said Adams.
Adams considers himself a country boy. He never would have imagined going that far north. But, he made the trip three weeks after September 11th.
"People just bent over backwards for us even though we were there to help them," added Adams.
A plaque hangs in the lobby of the Madison Police Department recognizing the work Adams and his colleagues did.
Madison Firefighter Josh Bradley remembers September 11th.
"I was actually on my way to work. We spent all day watching TV. We didn't even do any work," said Bradley.
He and a few other Madison firefighters climbed 110 flights in Nashville to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who died on 9/11.
The firefighters were stuck inside the 110-story World Trade Center towers when both fell.
"It was all about honoring the guys who died. They were doing their jobs. We wanted to go up there and honor them," added Bradley.
Te 110-flight stair climb in Nashville is an annual event. Bradley told WHNT NEWS 19 he plans to attend again next year. Five of the of eight police officers from Madison who went to new york city in 2001 are still on the force.