(Mr. Hinkle was representing NENA in Washington, DC on that day in the Hart Senate Building while attending the “9-1-1 Report Card to America” press conference.)
As another September 11 approaches, we still contemplate the destruction and senseless loss of so many lives. True to the human spirit, we continue to look for glimmers of meaning to help us find something positive in an otherwise horrific day.
There was something almost symbolic in the fact that this act of terrorism occurred on national 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day - a day that symbolizes a nation’s commitment to protecting people. Are there any two more contrasting events? One symbolizes people dedicated to destroying life; the other honors those who have dedicated their hearts to helping to save lives. Perhaps even more prophetic was that September 11, 2001 had been selected for a press conference held in Washington, DC to celebrate National 9-1-1 Day and the publication of the first comprehensive report on the health of America’s