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Vancouver Fire T-shirt pulled from 9/11 rubble serves as reminder of tragedy

Last Updated Sep 11, 2019 at 7:20 pm PDT

A Vancouver Fire T-shirt pulled from debris at Ground Zero is being called a stark reminder of the tragedy of 9/11. (Source: Vancouver Fire)
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A T-shirt pulled from Ground Zero is being held up as a reminder of sacrifices made by first responders on 9/11

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A Vancouver Fire T-shirt pulled from the rubble at Ground Zero is being called a stark reminder of the tragedy of 9/11.

Vancouver Firefighter Craig Lainther says the shirt exemplifies the bond between firefighters. The shirt has been framed and hangs in the union office in Burnaby.

“It is overwhelming, the smell of the concrete that has been impregnanted into the shirt. It almost takes your breath away, it’s so strong,” he says.

“On this occasion, when they were unfortunately digging out embers during the 9/11 disaster, they found the T-shirt in there.”

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He says Vancouver has always had a close relationship with New York. Firefighters often drop in to visit eachother in their respective cities, such as for playing in hockey tournaments. Sometimes, they exchange souveniers, like a T-shirt.

“Different firemen went there for months and attended hundresds of funerals themselves, and then, vice-versa, we had some of the firefighters over here just to get away from things,” he says.

The shirt may have been with a firefighter when they climbed the tower.

Now, Lainther says the shirt serves as a constant reminder of sacrifices made by first responders on that day.