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Schipper Remembers 9-11

 

The tragic events touched everyone, but for police officers, fire fighters, first responders, and airline crew members it perhaps left an even deeper emotional scar.  9-11 is one of those historical events that we'll recall exactly what we were doing during the time we first heard the news.

LeMars fire chief Dave Schipper was living at Spencer at the time.  He says when the first plane hit the first W-T-C tower, he thought it was a tragic accident. Like many others who were watching television news reports, he too witnessed the second plane hit the second tower. It was at that moment, Schipper realized this was no accident.

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Schipper says he felt terrible for the hundreds of office workers that perished, but when he saw the building collapse, it affected him deeply because he knew fire fighters had also lost their lives.

 

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At the time of 9-11, Schipper was a state fire marshall.  He says nobody was certain as to what events would happen next, or how extensive the terrorists had penetrated American security.  He remembers being placed on alert and thinking that he may have to deal with possible bomb disposals.  Schipper says after that day, business was done differently.

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Schipper, along with his father, Wayne, LeMars' past fire chief, and 15 other fire fighters from northwest Iowa, traveled to New York, saw ground zero, and attended the memorial service for the 343 fire fighters that lost their lives on 9-11.  Schipper says he heard stories of tragedy and stories of joy.

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