Looking back on 9-11

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When planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers last year, the life of most emergency workers changed as quickly as it did dramatically.

Before Sept. 11, 2001, Neshoba County Emergency Management Director Jeff Mayo said he spent virtually zero time considering terrorism. Now concerns about anthrax and homeland defense take up about half his time.

Lauderdale County Emergency Management Director Clarence Butler said people expect more from emergency workers than they did pre-9-11. But he believes they are appreciated more too.

Firefighters and emergency workers became the new heroes for the work they did during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. And locals say they hope people will continue to see them in that new light, for the work they do every day.

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