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Firefighter remembers 9/11: "I was on a plane in NYC"

Chili, N.Y. -- Jason Elliotto has himself been called a hero. He saved the life of a baby after a house fire in Chili in January. But he said nothing compares to what first responders did on September 11, 2001.

Elliotto who is Deputy Chief of the Chili Fire Department and a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy, remembers that day vividly. He was in New York City sitting on a JetBlue Flight ready to take off on the tarmac. Here's how he described that moment on his Facebook page.

"On a plane in New York City. I will never forget. My thoughts will be those true heroes today."

"It was scary for everyone on that plane," Elliotto told us. His mother cried when he called her to say he was okay. He thinks often of those who died trying to save lives.

He and other firefighters from the Chili Fire Department wanted to remember these heroes with a permanent memorial.

John Spaulding and other firefighters traveled to New York City to get a piece of the steel beam from the Twin Towers.

They will build the memorial in the shape of an eleven with two towers made of that steel.

Local businesses like Kozel and Sons Steel are chipping in, donating their time to cut the steel in two pieces, to create the twin towers.

Elliotto said it will be a place where firefighters, families and members of the community can come and reflect. He hopes to bring his 10-year-old son there and explain what happened that day and how he was there when the planes hit the towers.

He will also tell him how everyone's lives changed that day.

The memorial will be finished by next Spring.


Patrice Walsh, 13WHAM-TV
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