Children use firefighter equipment to empathize with heroes lost on 9/11

Published 4:48 pm Monday, September 11, 2023

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Angela Cutrer

Star Correspondent

The Elizabethton co-op of Tri-Cities Education Association for Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH) held a 9/11 experience for some of their youth Monday in partnership with the Elizabethton Fire Department and their co-op home, Immanuel Baptist Church.

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Firefighter Jarread Whitehead and Sgt. William Shoun assisted Kim Berry, TEACH Elizabethton instructor, with the experience. “In what became a very somber moment, each student was assigned a fallen hero from 9/11 and given his or her bio to read before climbing stairs similar to what each climbed on Sept. 11, 2001, with their packs on their backs,” Berry said. “In the Bible, John 15:13 tells us that, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,’” she added. “It is our hope that these students were reminded of this verse today and gained a greater appreciation today for those first responders who lay their lives on the line for us daily.”