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9/11 Half Marathon

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It's been nearly 12 years since the attack on America, September 11, 2001.

Sunday in the Jackson metro, people gathered in a unique way to remember our fallen heroes.

Over 70 service personnel and members of the community gathered for a half marathon to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Heroes young and not so young ran Sunday to remember the lives lost September 11, 2001.

"There's a lot of service men and women. Firefighters, police officers, military, civilians that we lost that day and obviously it's a major day in United States history. That's something that we don't want to forget, we want to remember while we're here, and that we're blessed to be here." says Joe Queen with the Flowood Fire Department

The event started four years ago by the Reservoir Fire department grows larger each year.

This year with a half marathon, with a twist.

"11 miles to remember 9/11 in full gear for the 344 firemen that died on 9/11." says Flowood firefighter Justin Billard

Josh Swales with the Reservoir fire department tells us the Sunday run is not just about the firemen that lost their lives nearly 12 years ago.

"The families of the victims from 9/11 that are still alive, plus to honor those that are still serving and protecting today."

Local firefighters and police officers, as well as members of the military rallied together to finish the race.

That's something the groups have grown accustomed to.

Quadriplegic John

Long was paralyzed from the chest down following a car accident.

The same people who saved his life two and a half years ago were also by his side during the race.

"I started running into the guys with the fire suits and they inspired me, so it was great." says Long

Proceeds from this years event will be distributed between the Reservoir Fire Department and the state's only burn center.

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