Lufkin business honors local heroes in remembrance of Sept. 11

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – One Lufkin business is remembering the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 by honoring our local heroes.

Gibson Funeral Home presented a flag of heroes to the Lufkin Fire and Police Departments as well as other neighboring volunteer fire departments and law enforcement.

The American flag bears the names of all emergency personnel killed in the line of duty when the towers fell nine years ago.

The funeral home said they hope the flag reminds people to not take the heroes around us for granted.

"Unfortunately it takes an event like that for us to stop and reflect on these folks in our own community that risk their lives every day to respond to a stranger's need," said Gibson Funeral Home General Manager Duane Hills.

"It's been an unusually busy summer," said Lufkin Assistant Police Chief Gerald Williamson. "To know that people out there recognize the effort that our officers make and the sacrifice that they make and the potential danger that's out there for our officers, it means a lot for us."

Williamson said he was on his way to the airport in Dallas when the towers came down. His flight to Alaska was grounded.

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