MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Eight officers from the Madison Police Department offered their helping hands after the September 11th attacks. Now, almost 13 years later, a few of them still work with Madison PD.
One of those men says the newly dedicated, National 9/11 Memorial Museum is a blessing for the families of the victims.
Three weeks after a terrorist attack brought down the twin towers and shook a nation, Detective Marcus Adams was in the middle of ground zero.
"TV didn't do it justice," Detective Adams tells WHNT News 19. "I mean.. the sights, the people, the smells, it was such a bittersweet week because of the reason we were there."
It was an experience that changed the way the detective wears his badge, and looks at his line of duty. He's seen images he says he can never forget.
"We saw the destruction and messages written in the dust on the windows and the left over cars and the buildings. It was just, it was a lot to take in while we were there also trying to focus on what can we do for this department and these citizerns."
Adams says the National Memorial Museum offers peace of mind, but can't heal all wounds.
"I wish the families closure. I don't think they'll ever have it because of the circumstances. Because they never got to see their loved ones again or have an actual funeral service, they just have a place in the ground to go to, which is better than nothing. But the memorial is going to give them a place to go and sit and think and speak and put this behind the, as best they can," Adams says when asked what the memorial dediacation means to him.
It's a tragedy behind the families who lost loved ones, but laid out in stone for history.
"For years, generations can go and see and learn and hear about what happened there. And as the slogan from day one was 'never forget'."
Dective Adams says he and his fellow officers missed the opportunity to visit the Freedom Tower on the ten year anniversry of the Septemer 11th attacks, but he plans to visit the new memorial in the future.