It’s hard to believe that is has been 15 years since the tragic day of September 11, 2001. I know for most of us it feels like just yesterday. Looking back on the horrific events that unfolded that day will never get easier. However, we can always honor the heroes that risked their own lives to help save others. One Marine that comes to mind is Jason Thomas.
Upon hearing about the tragic events Thomas sprang into action, despite having left active duty one-month prior. “Off-duty” is not the mindset of a Marine when others are truly in need. Thomas gave a statement to the press about why he acted in such a manner, “Someone needed help. It didn’t matter who,” he said. “I didn’t even have a plan. But I have all this training as a Marine, and all I could think was my city is in need.”
Once arriving to the scene Thomas encountered another former Marine by the name of David Karnes. The two devised a search and rescue plan and set out to save anyone and everyone they could. Unfortunately, at this point there were few left to be saved. Karnes and Thomas did successfully save the lives of two Police officers trapped beneath debris. Without their efforts the two police officers would have been left for dead. It is stories like these that can make any Marine proud to wear their Marine Corps Apparel knowing that it has significant meaning behind it.