Columbus Police, Fire remember Sept. 11 attacks at annual Blue Mass

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–It’s been a fairly normal week for Columbus Fire Deputy Chief Jack Reall, but 15 years ago was anything but normal.

“It doesn’t seem that long to most of us who were there, just because the memories were etched in our our brains so clearly.”

Reall is referring to September 11th, 2001, when he went to New York for ten days following the terrorist attacks on the United States to help begin the long process of rebuilding Manhattan.

“All the people that came up to us while we were doing our work with flyers of their missing loved ones,” Reall recalls of the days after the tragedy. “You could just see the loss on their faces.”

Blue Mass was held at St. Timothy Church on Thursday to remember 2,973 people who lost their lives in those terrorist attacks and to honor police, fire and EMS workers.

It’s a time to honor those lost and those who do and have served, but Reall says remembering is a daily habit.

“It goes on 365 (days) a year,” he added. “Two words: Never forget.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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