Local firefighters remember 9/11

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point firefighter Jason Odenwelder was a rookie in training class on Sept. 11, 2001. He remembers watching the events of the day unfold.

"The class we were having that day was on terrorism. It was just an eerie irony that the instructor there for that class was to talk about acts of terrorism. And here we were experiencing one," explained Odenwelder.

Charles Norman, also a High Point firefighter, said he and his colleagues knew what they were watching in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania meant thousands of people were dying.

"Just the massive amount of fire and heat that were on those people that were on the upper floors," he shook his head. "You wonder did all of your guys, and when you say your guys -- I mean firemen, get out of those buildings? Unfortunately, 343 didn't."

Both said history changed in a matter of hours, and they're still acutely aware of the inherent danger their jobs present every day.

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