The United States marks the 12th anniversary of 9-11 today. The 2001 terrorist attack involved four hijacked passenger jets and left nearly three-thousand people dead in New York City, the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Local first responders remember the attacks as days that forever changed how they do their jobs.
Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward says he immediately began assessing the threats to potential targets in town.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold:
Today's 9-11 anniversary also marks one year since a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.