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Clinton students Skype with NYC firefighter on 9/11

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Children who weren't even born when thousands of Americans lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 learned all about it on the 12-year anniversary of the tragedy from a man named Carl Schramm. He's a retired New York City firefighter who was in the midst of it all.

Through Skype, Schramm told them what many of us already know about 9/11. The recovery seemed like it would never end.

"It went from daytime, it got dark, nightfall, got light again. All of us were doing everything we could to help out the people in need," he said.

The students learned that Schramm came to Clinton just a few weeks after 9/11 to accept a big donation from the local fire department. Schramm's department lost 19 firefighters in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks -- more than any other New York fire house.

With the donation from Clinton, Schramm's unit bought a large-screen TV for the station.

"The firefighters themselves in Clinton, Mississippi, specifically gave that money to us, specifically said they wanted something for the guys," Schramm explained.

Through Skype, the students asked lots of questions. One student asked if we ever learned who attacked the United States.

"They believe it was Osama Bin Laden who was the person behind it. We've since gotten him, but there's still a lot more that needs to be done to keep our country safe," Schramm replied.

Clinton Fire Chief Barry Burnside came to Eastside Elementary School for the occasion.

"Kinda reconnected, was able to share with the students here what Carl and the firefighters went through there," he said. 

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