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August 25, 2011

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A Friend In Need

Being in North Carolina, Nix was not geographically close to any of the events on 9/11. But when the terrorist attack occurred, he received a call from the wife of one of the firefighters in New York who was dispatched to the twin towers. She lived in Greensboro, and two of her daughters were attending college in Charlotte, about an hour and a half away.

“We sent two firefighters to the school and brought her kids back to Greensboro to be with their mother,” Nix recalls. “That afternoon we took food to the home, spent time with the family and prayed with them before we left. We checked on them daily when, four days later, she was informed that [her husband] had been killed in the collapse.”

The comfort and compassion Nix and his colleagues showed a fellow firefighter’s family reflects the spirit of the community. The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, N.C., has been chosen to lead in the 10th Anniversary 9/11 Day of Remembrance Observance along with New York City and others. The event will take place from Sept. 9 through 11.

“Not only will we honor those who gave their life that day but also the men and women of the United States military who have given their lives since 9/11,” Nix says. “America will always be great as long as we have men and women who are willing to choose others over themselves.”

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