POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 3:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:30am
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — On the 12-year anniversary of September 11th, volunteers in the Valley are paying special tribute to local firefighters for their service.
The HEB Helping Heroes project hosted a commemorative celebration to honor the firefighters at the McAllen fire station and show their gratitude for their sacrifices.
Dozens of volunteers washed fire trucks, helped in a landscaping project, stocked the fire station pantry with HEB goods, and also served lunch to the firefighters at the station.
In honor of HEB's 85th anniversary, the Rio Grande Valley Fireman's Association was presented a check for $8,500.
Many firefighters are grateful for the HEB volunteers' efforts in recognizing their service, and can still easily recall the tragic event our nation endured 12 years ago.
"I've been a firefighter for 20 years, and on that morning I remember exactly where I was and I remember how it happened, and it will stay with me forever," said James Schultz, Asst. Fire Chief in McAllen. "It's hard seeing that many people--firefighters and civilians--pass away in that kind of attack. It's something that's going to stay with me forever."
Through the Helping Heroes project, thousands of HEB volunteers will visit more than 600 fire stations across Texas.