As thousands of people were running away from the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, but first responders were running toward them as they fell.
Their actions have left a profound impression on many emergency workers 19 years later, including an Allegan firefighter.
Lt. Chris Goodman grew up south of Buffalo, New York. Growing up as a son of a firefighter, its always been in his blood.
So on a day that his generation would never forget, he took to the street to keep from forgetting and donned full turnout gear, and a tank with the name of one of the 343 firefighters that died on 9/11.
"Captain Pat Brown from truck 3. He responded with his whole crew. They went up to the 36th or 38th floor quoting saying 'This is truck 3 and we're still heading up.' and shortly after the towers fell," he said.
Carrying an American flag with a red strip, he walked around downtown Allegan starting at 8:47 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020. The first fire call for the first tower went out at 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11, 2001.
He said the walk wasn't about him but those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's near and dear, and we all do it for brotherhood," Goodman said.