Since the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania 12 years ago, Americans have shown an even greater respect for the men and women in public safety. Their heroic actions are an inspiration to all of us who are fortunate to live in this great country.

Unthinkable terrorist attacks took the lives of almost 3,000 people, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 15 EMTs. Approximately 2,000 first responders were injured in the attacks. They were people who were going about their everyday lives when their worlds were thrown into chaos. It was a horrible event that shook the very fabric of our American way of life.

The bravery shown by first responders that day was unimaginable. The thought of running toward danger, rather than away from it, runs counter to most anyone’s instincts. Police, fire and emergency personnel are special people who are committed to their incredibly challenging professions.

I see it all the time on the local level. Members of the Marana Police Department dedicate themselves to keeping our community safe. Under the leadership of Chief Terry Rozema and Deputy Chief Reuben Nunez, our police are outstanding men and women who do a tough and oftentimes thankless job. It’s a line of work they clearly enjoy and they handle the stress of their jobs with the utmost professionalism. We are proud to have them on our team.

The town has excellent working relationships with Northwest, Avra Valley and Picture Rocks fire districts. The emergency and educational services provided by these organizations makes Marana an even better place to live. These community partners play a crucial role in the preservation of life and property. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything they do.

The awful events of Sept. 11, 2001 remain a tragic part of our American lives. We should never forget those who died or were injured during that horrible day.


(Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of Marana.)

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