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Allegan firefighter walks in remembrance of 9/11

Allegan Fire Department Lieutenant Chris Goodman walking the streets on September 11, 2020. With full turnout gear and an american flag with a red stripe, he walked downtown Allegan, in remembrance of those that died on September 11, 2001. (WWMT/Felicia Belden)

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.

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