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Former New York firefighter remembers his friends, the fallen heroes of 9/11

"One hero is what you need.. and you'll honor him or her."
Posted: 10:21 AM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 13:21:04-04
Dan Rowan remembers 9/11
Marana Police officer was 9/11 first responder

TUCSON, Ariz. — On September 11th, 2001, Marana Police Officer Dan Rowan was a New York Firefighter. He was one of the hundreds who risked their lives when the World Trade Centers were attacked.

He survived, but many of his friends didn't and even the one's who did Rowan said are dying years later from lingering symptoms.

"You lose two towers of people. It's insane and to this day we keep losing and losing," Rowan said.

One of his close friends Bob Massey, who was a New York Police Officer in 2001, died this past year from cancer.

"I get a phone call from bob and he says uh how you feeling? And I said you know I'm in every year for it and he says yeah I know. I'm not doing that great," Rowan said. " I said, What do you mean? I'm not doing that great. He said, well they found a small spot. I get the bad phone call a few weeks later and Kathy says I need you home now."

Rowan said he remembers 9/11 because of the first responders who died... his friends, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"I miss bob. Bob is great. I will say is because I can't say was... Bob is great," Rowan said.

"Pick one person out of the 411 that died that day. One hero is what you need.. One and you'll honor him or her," Rowan said.