Cooper Chrisley sits inside Abbeville Fire Department ladder truck 1941 Wednesday morning during the 9/11 Memorial Service. (Frank Bumb | Index-Journal)
ABBEVILLE - It took a boost to get him up into the tall driver's seat of Abbeville Fire Department ladder truck 1941. But it was definitely worth it for 3-year-old Cooper Chrisley. Cooper loves fire trucks and everything about them, his stepfather Marcus Bonds said.
"This is what he loves," Bonds said. "He gets upset when he can't come out on calls with me. He loves to see the fire trucks and the lights and the sirens. All of it."
Bonds brought Cooper to the Abbeville 9/11 Memorial Service organized by American Legion Post 2.With a score of Abbeville emergency management, fire, police and sheriff's personnel on hand, ladder truck 1941 raised the Stars and Stripes high over Court Square. Post 2 Commander Jon Taylor spoke about the need to recognize not just the lives lost 12 years ago in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania but those lost since the 9/11 attacks.
Taylor, a former military policeman and now a sergeant with the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday was a doubly emotional day.
"It's the two families of people," Taylor said. "You know, there were a lot of police that died on 9/11. And then a lot of soldiers that died in what came after."
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