Sheriffs sergeant pals join 911 ceremony

first_imgWhen two police friends from Australia told Sgt. Shane Gardner they were flying 25 hours to be in New York for the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and asked him if we would be willing to fly five hours to join them, he couldn’t say no.Gardner, of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, booked a red eye with frequent-flier miles in January and made arrangements for the three of them to stay in a studio apartment near Central Park.The trio were determined to make it to Ground Zero on the big day to pay respects to those who lost their lives in and because of the attacks.“It’s a monumental occasion for law enforcement around the world,” Gardner said last week, back in Clark County.The only problem: The site where the twin towers once stood was under heavy guard and the National September 11 Memorial was closed to everyone except family members of the attack victims.That didn’t stop them from trying. And with a little bit of determination and people skills they were able to visit the memorial on the anniversary and meet three families of first responders who died.last_img


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