Police and Fire help town of Cornelius raise funds for 9/11 memorial

- If you ask someone where they were on 9/11 they can tell you the exact place, what they were doing and who was with them.

"I was only 17 at the time. But you just don't forget things like that," Brad Blackmon said.

“Everyone remembers what they were doing. How it made them feel. Obviously, being in this profession as a police officer and the firemen it affected us. It was heartbreaking for us," Jennifer Thompson said.

The Cornelius Police and Fire departments are working to put a 9/11 memorial up in front of one of their fire stations.

The plan is to use a steel beam from the world trade center the port authority donated as the center piece.

"The memorial is being built so that we have a place to go to, where we can think of them but also for the community to come out and pay their respects and tribute to the men and women we lost," Thompson said.

It all has to be done before September 11. So these first responders took it upon themselves to help raise the $100,000 needed for the construction.

"It's the least we can do to raise money so we can always remember what they did for us," Greg Sherrell said.

Cornelius Police and Fire departments got together and put this game to raise the rest of money needed. They hoped the community would come in to help and pitch in. They did and cheered on both the guns and the hoses for this great cause.

"We show up sometimes at the worst times of their lives. It's real hard for them to show their support then. Just the fact the community is out her to support us. It means the world to us," Sherrell said.

So far the town of Cornelius has about $55,000 for the monument and hope this game could get them closer to their goal.

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