ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - No matter how many years have passed, for the Arlington first responders who were there, the memories of the morning of 9/11 come rushing back.
Arlington fire chief James Schwartz jumped into action as operations commander after American Airlines flight 11 hit the Pentagon, killing 184 people.
"Already having seen the images of New York City, I was well aware of what we were confronted with there,” he says.
The men and women of Arlington Fire, Police, and EMS were the first to respond to a national tragedy unfolding in their front yard.
Arlington police lieutenant Robert Ledairos shares the hope - a plea really - that events like this keep alive the memory of those lost.
"I hope people don't forget what happened that day," he says.