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First Responders Honored with Memorial Monument

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To serve and protect is a risk first responders take every day. One college is remembering the fallen with a memorial and dedication. The four states is no stranger to tragedy. While our nation grieved as a whole on September 11, 2001, our community grieved together on May 22, 2011. Now Crowder College is remembering all those who gave their lives...to protect ours.

"Many kids, when they see a fire truck or ambulance or police car responding to a call, they love the sights and sounds. And for many kids...those are heroes." says Nathan Dawson, whose family donated the memorial to the Crowder College Webb City campus.

Crowder College is honoring heroes past, present and future.

The new First Responders Memorial Monument at the Webb City campus honors police, fire and ems who lost their lives in the line of duty. The monument prominently displays the 3 symbols for fire, police, and emergency medical services. There is also a historic bell. The bell was installed as an accent and became part of the logo for the company. Today, the building is now the Webb City Police Headquarters and the keystone remains a part of the historic structure. 

"This monument is not just for Webb City, but Carl Junction, Carthage, Jasper...It reaches for miles around." Dawson says.

Including the 417 fellow responders killed on or during the September 11th attacks.

"Those are kinds of things you're in the world to prevent, and to make better. It's very meaningful. September 11th is near and dear to my heart for more reasons than most Americans." says Retired Joplin Police Chief, Lane Roberts.

Roberts remembers the day, being at the Redmond Police Department in Oregon.

He says the department was working on their accreditation test when they began to see the news coverage of the events unfolding. 

But Lane says while it was one of the nation's most difficult days in recent history, the training and purpose behind first response gave his career a meaning.

"Know going in that first it is difficult. You're going to experience things that the average person doesn't experience, nor wants to. And there are risks involved. Although it wasn't always easy, it was meaningful. I don't think I ever had a moment where I didn't want to do it anymore." Roberts says.

The dedication included the singing of our national anthem, a flag presentation and a moment of silence for those who gave their lives in the name of protection.

"The days that we them most, they respond. And often times they don't get the credit they need until that day comes, so when tragedy strikes your home or your community its these guys that respond." Dawson says.

Members of the Webb City ROTC, Carl Junction Dynamics and Trumpet players from the Carl Junction High School were also participants in the ceremony.

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