Eyewitness News at 11, 9-11-12

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From New York...to Pennsylvania...to our nation's capital...to Central Georgia...remembering those we lost on 9-11.

Good Evening, Everyone. I'm Leah Johnson.

And I'm Frank Malloy.,

This is Eyewitness News at 11.

We begin tonight with September 11th remembrances ... As ceremonies were held to honor America's fallen eleven years ago.

Across the Hudson River from the lights of downtown Manhattan, Ines Ferres gathers perspectives of how September 11th should be remembered going forward.

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TWIN BEAMS OF LIGHT SOAR INTO THE HEAVENS OVER LOWER MANHATTAN, FILLING THE SKY NEAR WHERE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ONCE STOOD. THE ANNUAL TRIBUTE MARKS THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS.

FROM WASHINGTON, D.C....

TO SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA...

TO NEW YORK CITY....

BELLS TOLLED, TEARS FLOWED, AND THOSE WHO WERE LOST IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS WERE REMEMBERED.

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"dad, I miss you. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I love you. I wish you were here."

AT GROUND ZERO, THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES GATHERED TO HEAR THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. IT WAS A SMALLER CROWD THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS. NO ELECTED OFFICIALS SPOKE - THIS WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR.

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"for us, September 11th.. .Was the day the world stopped."

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CAROLEE AZZARELLO LOST BOTH HER BROTHERS - TIM AND JOHN GRAZIOSO - IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.

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"today was much more comforting in that you knew you were surrounded by family who understood your pain. It's a different kind of pain, losing them in this manner, than in any other way."

STANDUP BRIDGE:

THE "TRIBUTE IN LIGHT" HAS BEEN A TRADITION SINCE IT FIRST WAS POWERED ON SIX MONTHS AFTER THE TERROR ATTACKS.

THOSE WHO CAME OUT TO SEE IT THIS YEAR WERE THINKING ABOUT HOW THE DAY WILL BE REMEMBERED IN YEARS TO COME.

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"this is a sad day for the families. I don't think politics should play any part in it"

THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE... STANDING NEXT TO THE BEAMS OF LIGHT, THE 104-STORY. NUMBER ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER WILL OPEN IN 2014.

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Closer to home, Georgia's Lt. Governor... Casey Cagle held a lunch at Perry's Rozar Park today to honor local law enforcement, military, and first responders for putting their lives on the line everyday.

 

This lunch had special meaning for those there..as many of these local heroes minds were on that fateful day eleven years ago...

<Darryl Kitchens, Firefighter: I was in Tifton Georgia, I was working in an apartment complex and we had a meeting down there at a conference I was at a hotel room and a conference room when the news broke and we went down to watch the TV and spent all day watching it down there.

John Bell, Senior Master Sergeant, AirForce: We were painting our trailer inside of the trailer floor and turned on the TV and said hey something happened, you need to turn on the TV, we were watching the news like everybody else and I was like Oh My Gosh and it was just awe.

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But while that same shock and awe in 2001...isn't quite there eleven years later. Some of these local law enforcement members say it's important never to forget the bravery of their fellow first responders.

<Major John Wagner, WRPD: and you know people questioning why do these gentleman, firemen, policemen when everybody else is coming down the building that's our job is to go in and to help.

John Bell, Senior Master Sergeant, AirForce: I think maybe the shock has warn off but we're more prepared, we're vigiliant, we're maintaining that high level of security to make sure it doesn't happen again >

Lt Governor Cagle says this lunch was about recognizing the service of first responders here in Georgia.

And in one community... Added sadness...as those who protect and serve mourn a new loss...of one who spent a quarter century in their ranks.

<Robert Singletary, WR Fire Chief: "Randy was what you call a firefighter's firefighter, he was

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On this day of national remembrance, the Warner Robins Fire Department is mourning the loss of Captain Randy Mullis, a 25 year veteran of the department.

Mullis died this morning, after complications from a recent heart attack.

Chief Singletary says Mullis retired just 7 weeks ago and was looking forward to spending time with his family.

He was passionate about training the new recruits.. and keeping old traditions alive.

Chief Singletary says even though it's September 11th, their half-staff flag is flying for the friend they've lost..

And in one community... Added sadness...as those who protect and serve mourn a new loss...of one who spent a quarter century in their ranks.

<Robert Singletary, WR Fire Chief: "Randy was what you call a firefighter's firefighter, he was real big in tradition.">

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On this day of national remembrance, the Warner Robins Fire Department is mourning the loss of Captain Randy Mullis, a 25 year veteran of the department.

Mullis died this morning, after complications from a recent heart attack.

Chief Singletary says Mullis retired just 7 weeks ago and was looking forward to spending time with his family.

He was passionate about training the new recruits.. and keeping old traditions alive.

Chief Singletary says even though it's September 11th, their half-staff flag is flying for the friend they've lost..

<Robert Singletary, WR Fire Chief: "we're doing it in honor of Randy, not so much for 9/11, though you know we all remember that, but we asked the mayor and he was ok with it, I think even city hall is flying theirs at half-staff also and we'll be doing it until the day after his funeral.">

Funeral services are set for Saturday at 10am at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

Captain Randy Mullis was 54 years old.

The director of Mobile Alabama's animal shelter is returning to her old turf... to run Bibb County's shelter.

Bibb County Commissioners announced today...they voted four to one in favor of Sarah Tenon to run the shelter.

Joe Allen was the only one to vote against. He says it's because she didn't mention on her resume...that she'd worked in Bibb County before.

<anytime somebody knows that they have worked for Macon and Bibb County they should have told somebody in the beginning that they worked for Macon and Bibb County and she did not do that. >

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet sat down with Tenon to find out if she did in fact have professional history here in Central Georgia.

<have you worked in Bibb County before?

I have worked in Bibb County before.

Why did you not put that on your resume?

Because it wasn't relevant to what I was applying for.

What did you do in Bibb county before?

Before I was an animal control officer and I worked particularly in the shelter working with the veterinarian and spay and neutering did some training with the staff to find animal housing.>

Tenon says she's ready to take over the shelter and says the first thing on her agenda is organization.

Monthly service charges sparked discussion between Macon officials and the Workforce Development program.

Tonight they brought in the state agency to clarify the relationship between the city and Workforce, who became a non-profit in July.

The goal of the Workforce program is to educate, train, and help people looking for a job.

But since they operate under a federal grant, they must have a local government oversee their finances.

The city assumed that role over 20 years ago.... And still provides some services after Workforce's non-profit transition.

But Director Kathy Thompson... Says after several disputes with the city about the cost... She's looking to change directions and partner with Bibb County by December.

<There have been a lot of negative things that have occurred between the city, city council and workforce development and I believe it's time that we start with a new, with Bibb County, and develop a relationship that is productive and one that is not adversarial.>

The Macon-Bibb Workforce Development Office is one of four in the state that isn't paired with programs in surrounding regions.

Thompson says she's looked into joining the ten other counties in the Middle Georgia workforce group.

Patricia Pridemore, director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, says merging would benefit both the program and the people it serves.

For now, Macon Workforce will continue paying the city 78-hundred dollars a month for software and financial services.

The program still owes money for the past two months, but says the state is currently processing the payment and should be in the city's hands by the end of the week.

A fight at the alternative high school housed at Hutchings Career Center Monday...sent one girl to jail and left another with cuts to her face.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, 17-year-old Jacinta Deshazier is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon on school grounds, and disruption of a public school.

A school police report says she hid the box cutter she used in the attack...in her wallet..somehow got it past school metal detectors... then later hid it in her clothing.

In a statement, the district describes the injury to the 16-year-old victim as a "superficial cut to the left side of her face."

Deshazier is being held on 10-thousand-7-hundred dollars' bond.

Deputy superintendent Ed Judie says the district is taking the incident seriously.

He said they've added a female police officer to the alternative school...making two officers onsite.

Still ahead on Eyewitness News...often we talk about stories straight from the heart...other times...we bring you stories from our Hero Central series.

This next story is both.

< Now my wife doesn't have to set a series of chairs and I don't have to walk across a bridge to get to the restroom... >

We'll show you how one wounded soldier's brothers-in-arms...have made his homecoming that much sweeter.

And as we go to break...Earthcam released a new commemorative time lapse today.... with Cinematic views of the World Trade Center site from multiple webcams.

The fast-forward images feature the rise of One World Trade Center...now proudly standing as New York's tallest building...over the Manhattan skyline.

The HD documentation is meant to inspire watchers by showcasing the hard work and triumphant spirit of all those committed to rebuilding...

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We'll be right back.

On this September 11th...we have a special Hero Central for you...and it starts with a soldier...severely wounded in the war on terror.

Today...his fellow service men and women made homecoming much sweeter for Corporal Juan Dominguez...with the keys to a new house...and a lease on new opportunity.

Kara Finstrom shows us this hero's story of courage and strength.

Las Vegas is known for a lot of things but usually rising flood waters aren't one of them.

Check out this video ... Firefighters have responded to about fifty calls for help from people who tried to drive...against lots of public warnings.

Early reports show that in some cases, the water was.. And might steel be...several feet over ground level.

 

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If you want to be fan of the day... Just visit facebook dot com slash 13WMAZ... Become a fan and join the conversations.

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