GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — A Germantown Fire Chief remembers digging through the rubble and searching for victims in the Pentagon who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Those memories are still fresh on his mind.
Chief John Selberg said what hurts the most is remembering family members who watched as first responders pulled their loved ones from the pentagon.
“The little boy was in fatigues, obviously in adult fatigues and he was standing there and I started to realize he’s standing there waiting for us to try and find his dad,” said
19 years ago Selberg was asked to pack his bags then drove to Washington D.C. with 68 others from Tennessee Task Force One.
What he didn’t realize is how heart-wrenching the experience would be.
For 11 days straight, Selberg searched for survivors and searched for the dead buried in the rubble at the pentagon.
“It really hit me about how I may not be looking for kids as much in here but I’m looking for their parents and it hit home a lot for me,” said Selberg.
At the Pentagon, he was coordinating rescue efforts 12 hours every day.
Six Germantown firefighters were there too.
“We were all kinds of angry, everyone was angry when we were working and we were seeing more verification of what happened and that people would do this to other humans caused a lot of anger,” said Selberg.
As you can imagine his family was worried.
His wife called daily telling him positive news about firefighters who survived the attack.
“I said I appreciate you calling me but why do you call me every time they find one and she knew we weren’t finding any live victims and she was trying to help me out,” said Selberg.
After those 11 days, he went back home happy to serve the country but wanting to move forward.
When he thinks about 9/11 he still wonders about that little boy. The boy who waited for the body of his father to be found.
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