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Harris County honors law enforcement and first responders

First responders, 911 operators, County Sheriffs and Police Officers gathered in Harris County Tuesday to remember their comrades who sacrificed so much during the 9/11 attacks.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle was the guest speaker.

Lt. Governor Cagle made several stops around the state, in an effort to honor those who lost their lives 11 years ago.

The Harris County Junior ROTC served as the Color Guard; holding the flags high during the playing of taps.

Harris County Sheriff, Mike Jolley recalled what he was doing the morning terrorists attacked our nation.

"I was at one of our local schools, reading to some young kids, when they came in and told me what was happening," said Sheriff Jolley.

11-years-later, he said it is an honor for his small county to host the remembrance.

"I spent 20 years in the army, so I know terrorism first hand; I know what it’s like when our country is under attack," added Sheriff Jolley.

Lt. Governor Cagle touched on the importance of not only honoring the past but also being steadfast in the commitment to the future.

"Obviously it is about honoring those that have fallen as a result of 9/11, but also to say thank you to those that are out there, putting their lives on the line so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have," said Lt. Governor Cagle.

He added that he has the utmost respect for all service men and women as well as all those who choose to enter Public Safety.

"It’s a tough, tough job...because they don't know what to expect as we saw on 9/11 individuals who can literally lose their lives in order to save someone else," said Lt. Governor Cagle.

This year was Lt. Governor Cagle’s fourth year honoring victims on the anniversary of the attacks and the first year Harris County hosted the ceremony.