Big Country first responders walk from Sweetwater to Roscoe in honor of 9/11


SWEETWATER, Texas - Big Country first responders walked from Sweetwater to Roscoe on Saturday morning to honor the lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Roscoe volunteer firefighters, along with others from surrounding areas, dressed in full bunker gear and made the trek to the Roscoe Fire Department. They walked 8.2 miles, which is over 16,000 steps.

They carried flags as they walked, including the U.S. flag and the Texas flag, but one was different. It's called the Flag of Heroes, and while it looks similar to the U.S. flag from a distance, up close you can see the stripes are the names of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.

Roscoe volunteer firefighter Jessica Stein said she was inspired by the bravery of the first responders 16 years ago. Stein said she remembers exactly where she was when the attacks took place.

"I was up in Colorado getting ready to go on a family vacation when my dad turns on the TV, and the whole house just kind of stopped," Stein said.

She said the way first responders took action inspired her to save lives.

Fisher County firefighter Cody King said he has a special connection to those who died.

"We lost family members that day. Whether they were by blood or not, we lost family members," King said.

First responders stopped twice to get on one knee and have a moment of silence for each tower.

"It hurts me every day that we lost all those for something like that," King said.

A crowd waited for them to arrive at Roscoe. Community members cheered them on to show their support.

These first responders said they walked to show their gratitude for the sacrifices so many of their brothers and sisters made.


The tragic morning of Sept. 11, 2001 included a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States by the Islamic terrorist group of al-Qaeda. The attacks killed 2,997 people and injured more than 6,000 others. It caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.