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Firefighters talk about 9/11 to North Naples Middle schoolers

Michelle Blaisdell, 13, left, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Michelle Blaisdell, 13, left, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, background, listens as Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, speaks to students from North Naples Middle School on Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bill Whelan, left, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, in background, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, speak to students from North Naples Middle School on Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Michelle Blaisdell, 13, left, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • McLean Harris, 13, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Hannah Powell, 13, center, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Riley Helin, 13, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Students from North Naples Middle School look at pictures from the 9/11 in New York City after Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, spoke to them during an assembly Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Students from North Naples Middle School look at pictures from the 9/11 in New York City after Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, spoke to them during an assembly Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Cameron Calkins, 11, and other sixth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, speaks to students from North Naples Middle School on Thursday. Whelan and Jerry Sanford, the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff

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