Sept. 12, 2001—the day after two planes demolished the Twin Towers, another hit the fortress-like Pentagon and another crashed into a pristine Pennsylvania field. More than 3,000 lives were lost– innocents.

September 12 is equally memorable because of the outpouring of unreserved assistance from first responders, far and wide, from ordinary citizens eager to hand out food and water to those sifting through ash and debris.

Among them were people from Bucks County who went without hesitation, a modern-day contingent of do-gooders, brave, energetic and willing to be, not only helpers, but sentinels gathered around the fallen, symbolizing a warning to those who would hurt us, we can — and will — support and defend.

I recall Sept. 11 to this very day, where I was and the impact of the visuals, but I also remember the day after, Sept. 12, when first responders, rescue squad members, police and firefighters, many Bucks County employees who made the short trip to New York to do what they could, to do something. They also were available to fill in for the firefighters and emergency responders who were lost, or busy at Ground Zero.

These post-9/11 individuals, all of them, deserve to be acknowledged for their selflessness, their ongoing service, and ingrained responsibility. They are special people, after all.