Students' Responses Show Real Maturity

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Editor:

After the terrible events of that terrible day, Sept. 11, I have found myself in a very confused mood.

How could such a thing have happened in our country? There are a lot of answers. Some we will never hear.

But the human side, all those families broken forever, is something none of us can ever forget. What has come out of this tragedy is the love the firemen and women have for the public and how heroic they are. The same can be said for the policemen and women. They are heroes and are just doing their jobs. But it is more than that; they want to protect the public.

No one goes into a job thinking they are going to be killed or badly injured. They just go because they are a giant level above most of the population of this country.

In 1990, before I moved here, several firefighters were killed fighting the Dude Fire. They are remembered by the statue outside the museum at Green Valley Park.

On the police side, there was a policeman shot and badly wounded at the old Wal-Mart. He was protecting the public and it almost cost him his life. He is a true hero. He was out for several months recovering from his wounds.

Something in the Sept. 18 Roundup that caught my attention was the question in the Locker Talk column. Four students two juniors and two sophomores were asked, "What do you think about the terrorist acts that took place in America?" I was proud of how mature their responses were. They all showed that they were involved with a feeling of compassion for the victims and their families.

I know that all of the young people who were deeply affected by this will remember how they felt, where they were, and who they were with. They will never forget it for the rest of their lives.

I remember exactly where I was and who I was with on Dec. 7, 1941. I was the same age as these students.

Howard Haggins

Payson

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