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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - 12 years later the events of September 11th, 2001 still linger on the minds of firefighters throughout the country.

At Fire Station Four in Alexandria it was another day where any moment the crew of Engine 40 may be called into action.

"One minute we might be sitting around watching television or something the next minute we could be in a fully involved fire." Said Captain Robert Riley.

For firefighters like Donovan Elder who was in high school when the world changed. On this day it's a time to remember those who died on September 11th.

"When you're in high school you don't really think too much more about it, you don't realize the impact that it caused sitting right then and there so you know just, disbelief as to what was going on." Said Firefighter Donovan Elder.

From new York to Washington D.C. to Central Louisiana there's a bond that firefighters say connects them that is as strong as family.

"You can go anywhere, probably in the world, and once you identify each other as a firefighter you already have a common bond." Said Fire Chief Bernard Wesley.

A bond that transcends the walls of a fire station.

"A brotherhood, family, friendship, bondship, it's what you're around 24/7." Said Elder.

A bond the crew of engine 40 shares with their brothers and sisters who served and died that fateful day.

"It's something that's in your heart and it's a type of person that's willing to give himself to help others." Said Capt. Riley.

"A lot of times people refer to fire fighters as heroes and I guarantee you that any firefighter you say is a hero he would say no I'm just doing my job that's what makes that special." Said Chief Wesley.

343 firefighters died saving people at the World Trade Center site on September 11th, 2001.

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