Local Firefighters React to Bin Laden's Death - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Firefighters React To Bin Laden's Death

POST FALLS, Idaho - It's business as usual at fire stations in north Idaho, but today firefighters work knowing justice has been served for the lives lost by their firefighter brethren on September 11th.

"It was actually a surprise. It's been like 10 years," said Lt. Bryan Williams, Kootenai County firefighter.

The news of Bin Laden's death quickly spread across fire stations around the country.

"There was a lot of that on firefighter Facebook pages, and there was a lot of excitement," said Ken Bookamer, Kootenai County firefighter.

"I'm glad that he came to justice. I'm glad that we stuck with it," said Williams.

The years have gone by, but the memory of who was responsible for all of those tragic deaths never left fire fighter's minds.

"I don't think we forgot about it as firefighters. I think there was probably some apathy setting in as a country goes," said Bookamer.

"Oh we don't forget about it. They took a lot of our friends. A lot of people," said Williams.

Even though firefighters in Kootenai County work thousands of miles away from where the attacks took place, they are still a part of the same firefighting family.

"He took 343 firefighters from us, and it's always in our mind, and like I said justice has been served," said Williams.

"I like to think that we're all in it together and so it does mean something to us," said Bookamer.

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