Toledoans Remember 9/11 Attacks in Different Ways

Editor's Note: This story was done on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York.

TOLEDO -- The nation was stunned by the attacks of September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four airliners in 2001, crashing two into New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and another into a Pennsylvania field.  The brash attacks claimed 2,973 lives, stunned the world, and unleashed the U.S. military's wrath from Afghanistan to Iraq.  Now Toledoans are remembering those attacks in many ways on the fifth anniversary.

Trilby Collins worked 21 years with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office. 5 years later, she says she still has New York City's safety forces in her thoughts and in her prayers.  "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about it. I think about the firemen, I think about the police officers," said Collins.  "It changed the world. It changed the United States.

One noticeable change has been the focus on homeland security. But do people feel safer now compared to 5 years ago? Jeston Helton says he does.  "Whether or not the United States will ever be totally secure remains to be seen," said Helton.  "But I think they're doing a good job on that."

Many we spoke to said 9/11 served as a wake-up call to America and to all those who live here, that we can't take our way of life for granted.  "I was never really concerned with my security but now, it makes me very concerned about the welfare of my children, and what it's going to be like for them as adults," said Sue Gwozdz.

"You kind of see things in a different light nowadays," said Helton.  "You take each day and cherish it and you tend to do things a little different."

"We always have to watch our backs now," said Collins.  "It didn't use to be that way 30 years ago."

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