9/11 — then and now: Time may have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, but the emotions haven’t

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Frank Baron

Age: 65

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: HVAC tech at Masterworks Mechanical

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I saw it on the television before I came to work. … It was just, you know, disturbing that someone could do that accidentally on a clear day, but at the time, they thought it was a private plane. I guess it’s, ‘What do we do now?’ It’s, ‘Who’s responsible?’ (We) didn’t have much information at the time and (we were) concerned about the people who were in the buildings.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Confusion. Disbelief. I really had trouble accepting that something like that happened.”

Thoughts on the effects of 9/11:

“It’s created a lot of mistrust toward Mid-Easterners. I think it’s created aggravation with the government with their so-called security at the airports, which might not necessarily work. And it’s probably created more hatred towards America in the Arab world and Third World nations because they just don’t trust us.”

Helen Baysinger

Age: 78

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Housewife

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Astonishment. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Thinking of all the people that were killed … relatives that were left behind. Husbands, mothers, wives, children — all these people that were left behind that probably left some orphans and widows. And then also for the injured — the recovery, the pain.”

Dwayne Bjorklund

Age: 75

Hometown: Eastern Washington State

Occupation: Retired engineer

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Basically disbelief was the first reaction. Then, after that, anger. That’s about where it stays.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“We were full-time RV-ers at that time and traveling all the time. We were in Washington State at that time and went to West Virginia shortly after it happened. Everyone was kind of muted and numb, at least to the people I talked to.”

April Camp

Age: 50

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Nail tech

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Shock … total surprise.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“(I was) worried about my sister — she worked at the Pentagon. My son was in the Air Force, so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Then I have a nephew in the Rangers and a brother in the Army and a brother in the Air Force.”

Orie Cook

Age: 84

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Farmer

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“It was a terrible, terrible, terrible occurrence. You could tell how bad it was by looking at the news. I’m just glad it doesn’t happen to a place like Craig.”

Thoughts on America’s steps to better protect the country:

“It has helped that security has progressed quite a bit, but really, what can we do? I can’t shoot them down with my rifle, so we just have to hope it doesn’t happen again.”

Kellie Dippel

Age: 48

Hometown: Hawaii

Occupation: Program director for Virtual Classroom Program at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“During that time, my husband and I were living in Alaska and there was a time difference. I just remember the phone ringing and somebody said turn on the television. They didn’t say why. They couldn’t say why. They just said turn on the television. So, we turned on the television and watched in disbelief. It was surreal. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I still can’t wrap my head around it.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“The senselessness of it. The tragedy of innocent people being sacrificed for something a lot of them probably didn’t even know about. They didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that. In the grand scheme of things, what good did it do?”

Vicky Field

Age: 55

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Insurance agent at Draper Insurance

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I thought it was a mistake. I thought it was a bad mistake by an air traffic controller. The second one flew in and then I knew there was a problem. I wanted all my kids home — that’s what I remember. If something’s going to go wrong, you just want your family with you.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“I think everybody became more patriotic, reminded of how blessed and lucky we are to live here. All of the sudden we became vulnerable. You just never think anything like this is going to happen here.”

Dr. Pamela Gardner

Age: N/A

Hometown: Park City, Utah

Occupation: Dean of Instruction at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I was absolutely horrified. I was on my way to work and my husband called me saying someone had just flown an airliner into the Twin Towers. I immediately turned on KSO Radio in the car and the first tower was coming down and they had flown the plane into the second tower. I felt like all of our efforts to educate people, my career, my life, had been in vain. It was meaningless in light of the inhumanity that was happening in New York.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“The collapse of the towers and, again, the inhumanity of man. How we seem to have digressed instead of progressed in terms of our caring and concern and humanity towards each other.”

Bob Grubb

Age: 77

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Retired

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I was aware of the kind of things happening in the Middle East at the time, so when I saw what happened, I thought the politicians and money-makers got it (from the terrorists).”

Thoughts on how America has healed in the 10 years since:

“We have healed somewhat, but I think we learned that our way of looking at things is not the way the whole world looks at things. (President George W.) Bush thought the countries in the Middle East wanted a democracy afterwards, but (President Barack) Obama has pulled us out of there to some degree.”

Josh Hawkins

Age: 32

Hometown: Crested Butte

Occupation: Student of nursing at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“The initial reaction was disbelief that it was happening. It was something you couldn’t really fathom what was going on. It was hard to process in your mind that was actually taking place.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“How evil people can be and what motivates people to do things like that. It makes you wonder what the hell is going through people’s minds and why. What justifies that? It basically comes down to people’s religious beliefs and that’s why a lot of people died that day.”

Sandi Hicks

Age: 40

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Bartender at Mathers Bar

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I could not believe what I was seeing on TV while I was getting my kids ready for school. We have a lot of family around New York. I was very concerned about them. It was a tragedy. I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Just how quick something like that can happen. How our borders really aren’t all that secure. It’s scary.”

Duane Koukol

Age: 60

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Fire protection at Craig Station power plant

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I was at work at the time and pretty much we went on a heightened alert. … I didn’t see much of what happened until I got home that night. It was about 10 o’clock. It was kind of eerie in a way because we didn’t really know what was going on. We just knew we needed to step up security.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“I think the thing that really stuck with me, it’s one of those images that will stick with me, when they were jumping, there was a man and a woman who held hands when they were falling. It’s something I’ll always remember. I think (Sept. 11 has) affected America. I think we’re running a little scared, in some cases maybe a little too scared. I’m hoping that we’ve stepped up our security and that we don’t have a repeat situation. I think it’s hard to secure ourselves completely. In fact, I think it’s impossible.”

Julianne Malley

Age: 26

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Holiday Inn laundry department employee

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“My first reaction … was that (it) was just so scary. Oh my God. … That sort of made me feel very scared because I didn’t even know that anybody else didn’t like the U.S. until now.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“(In a dream that night), I remember seeing the Twin Towers right there and I remember seeing these two airplanes … they were just trying to make a circle around it. That was just like the scariest part.”

Jordan Moncrief

Age: 24

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Head cashier at Samuelson’s True Value

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I did not believe it. It was sad for all the families it was affecting and all the people in the buildings. I can’t believe someone would do such a terrible thing that would take so many lives.”

Thoughts on the effects of Sept. 11:

“I don’t ever want to be somewhere where there’s tons of people on Sept. 11.”

RJ Palmer

Age: 20

Hometown: Rockland, Calif.

Occupation: Student of nursing at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Fear. My parents came in and woke me up for school. They were watching the news while I got ready for school and told me what happened. I ended up not going to school because my parents were worried there might be more attacks, like at the State Capitol in Sacramento.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Anger. I can’t believe anyone would do that to other people. All those families. Kids that grew up without parents. It’s hard to believe. And then, growing up and watching documentaries. Learning about all those people who jumped from the towers because they had no other option. It’s sad.”

Stephanie Pearce

Age: 37

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Cashier at Murdoch’s

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Shock. Disbelief. When I heard about it, I was driving to work in Hayden where I was a teacher’s aid in the elementary school and I thought it was a bad joke.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“That gas was a $1.89 and everyone was freaking out. I remember there being lines at the gas station because everyone was worried the price of gas would shoot up. For some reason that really sticks out in my head.”

Ryan Rowley

Age: 37

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Owner of Rhino’s Deli

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“My initial reaction was what in the world’s going on? What in the world is happening? Before we started getting the reports of what actually happened.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Watching the television with my coworkers, trying to conduct business and yet trying to be remorseful for the situation.”

Robert Teachout

Age: 49

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Truck driver

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Kind of shock. I was actually in Florida down by Sarasota where those people took their pilot’s training. I was working, self employed then, and just really was shocked that something like that happened in the U.S.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“Just the sadness at the loss of life of … innocent people. It’s so fashionable right now to hate Americans, and I really don’t understand Muslims or their ideology of what they believe, but I know in my life I would never go out to hurt somebody just because they’re different. And I don’t know if that’s what it’s about or if their leaders are so … I don’t know, it’s just so hard to understand.”

Pam Towner

Age: 42

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Housekeeping

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I was in shock. I didn’t think people in this world could be that lame. We didn’t have cable at the time, so all we could do was listen to what was happening on the radio.”

Thoughts on how America has healed in the 10 years since:

“I don’t know if we are ever going to be able to heal. Sure, our security has tightened at places like airports, but I think it will be around for a long time.”

Rudy VonRuden

Age: 38

Hometown: Steamboat Springs

Occupation: Student of nursing at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“Holy cow. I was working at a health club at The Grand in Steamboat and I saw the second plane hit live. Crazy.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“All the families, pictures of the firemen, little kids who lost a parent or both parents.”

Kelly Watson

Age: 40

Hometown: Craig

Occupation: Road construction

First reaction to the 9/11 attacks:

“I got off my first job in the afternoon and heard what happened and I was definitely in shock. I was just glad I wasn’t in New York at the time.”

Enduring memory from that day:

“I went to my second job as a waitress and remember seeing it on the (television). I couldn’t believe our country was under attack.”

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