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He was a seventh-grader sitting in history class when a student teacher rushed into the room to inform the class. The remainder of the half-day of school was spent watching the news on TV.
“It was an eerie, quiet day,” Perez, a firefighter and paramedic with the Sycamore Fire Department, remembers. He was one of many to attend a remembrance event Monday morning at Johnson’s Junction, across from the Sycamore Fire Department’s Station 1, 535 DeKalb Ave.
“At that time, I wasn’t aware of what was going on,” Perez said. “Part of what those first responders did that day is what we as a fire department do every day. We have the mentality of running toward danger, not away from it. Their actions give us a whole ’nother purpose to who we are and what we do.”