9/11: Where Were You?

Ten years after 9/11, Rick Mayhew of the San Marino Fire Department recalls participating in a memorial march in New York City and the first thought he had when he found out about the World Trade Center attacks.

Division Chief Rick Mayhew holds a photo collage of a New York City 9/11 memorial march he and other firefighters took part in one year after the World Trade Center attacks.

Mayhew, who worked at the South Pasadena Fire Department at the time, marched in place of the physically and emotionally exhausted New York firefighters who worked in the wake of 9/11 (right photo: Mayhew at the march).

“I guess you could say it felt like we were there in support of our family,” said Mayhew. “It wasn’t an obligation; it was a desire to help them get through this time.”

The morning of 9/11, Mayhew was getting dressed for the funeral of his father, who had passed away a few days before, when a friend called and told him a plane crashed into the World Trade Center.

“When I turned the TV on it was just prior to the second plane going through the Twin Towers,” said Mayhew. “My dad was a World War II marine, and my first instinct was to call my dad and get his input on this and then I realized: ‘I can’t; it’s his funeral I’m going to.’”


This photo of Chief Mayhew is now part of a photo gallery of people in over 800 Patch cities that were affected by 9/11.

Where were you on 9/11? How did it affect you?

Amy Woodford September 02, 2011 at 12:31 AM
I was on my way to work. I came up on a red light just after I heard the radio announcing it. As I sat at the light a van pulled up next to me with the side door open and and there were men with their legs dangling out the door dressed in swat uniforms with rifles in their hands..I was so freaked out and they must of seen the look on my face because they pulled themselves inside and shut the door. Later on during the day I heard there was a raid on what was known to be a location where Muslims met right by where I saw that van. It was one of the weirdest, uncertain days of my life..thankfully knowing God helped curve the nerves that day.


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