Louisville firefighter starts Facebook page to honor 9/11 first responders

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sunday, September 11 marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed the face of America. This coming weekend memorials will be held to remember the countless lives lost on 9/11. But, one Louisville firefighter who couldn't make his way up to New York has turned to social media to honor and remember other first responders who lost their lives.

William Belcher remembers where he was at and what he was doing when news of 9/11 broke nearly ten years ago. He realized that not everyone can make the trip to ground zero so, he's turned to Facebook to connect with strangers to show support.

"When I was kid, my dad took me to New York City," said Belcher. "I actually stood on top of the World Trade Center and looked over the city."

Belcher has been reminiscing, not only about his childhood but, also what happened nearly ten years ago and where he is in life now.

"I actually met some fire fighters while we were there and it could be why I'm in the fire service right now," said Belcher.

Belcher has been a firefighter for more than 20 years now. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he knew he had to do something to remember his fellow brothers and sisters who died.

"At first, I heard there were only going to be a few fire fighters who were actually invited to the 9/11 commemoration and to me that just wasn't right," said Belcher."

Belcher decided to start a Facebook page called "We Support FDNY, NYPD and PAPD on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and Beyond". It's grown quickly since last week.

"I just wanted to show not only the New York Fire Department but, also the police department, and Port Authority Police Department that people out there still care about what happened that day," said Belcher.

The page is already filled with encouraging messages, and pictures of badges and the twin towers.

"I've been posting it pretty much anywhere I can and also sending it to my friends and encouraging them to go to the page to leave a comment," said Belcher.

Belcher says he's going to try to make contact with someone in the New York City Fire Department and other first responders to let them know this page is out there for them. He hopes to keep this page going for many more years to come.

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