GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Events all over West Michigan on Tuesday remembered the lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
One of the largest took place outside of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.
An organizer of the event knows firsthand why teaching the next generation about this tragedy is so important. Ken Chudy is now retired, but back in 2001, he was serving with the Muskegon Fire Department.
Anyone who was alive during the attacks remembers where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. For Chudy, he was at his daughter's house working on her roof.
"She came out and said that a plane hit the tower, the trade tower and I said the boys are going to be busy, meaning the firefighters were going to be busy because of where it hit,” Chudy said. “Then a little while later, she comes out and says the second tower was hit and I said that was no accident.”
He was the assistant chief with the Muskegon Fire Department and a member of their urban search and rescue team. When their team wasn't called in to help at the site of the towers, he knew they had to do something.
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