Local Search Dog Team Experiences 9/11

Police, firefighters and other first responders in this area are being honored on this anniversary of Sept. 11.

Today marked the sixth annual Appreciation Banquet at Forrest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Pastor Mark Baldauff says the attacks happened just after he moved here in 2001.

He added that they've held this event each year for local emergency workers who put their lives on the line for us everyday.

Baldauff says the celebration is a way to honor our local heroes.

As everyone stops to reflect on the events of September 11, the memories hit close to home for a team of rescue workers.

Members of the Barren River Area Search Dog Association were part of the first group of cadaver teams to arrive in New York after the attacks.

We talked to a few of the members about what they experienced.

Five-gallon buckets are what KC Moody and Greg Turner remember about September 11, 2001.

"White powder, gray powder--my experience was blinding just lights and no time to sit and think, just that I had a job to do and a bucket to fill," Moody remembered.

KC and Greg, along with ten other members of the Barren River Area Search Dog Association, went to New York City, just days after the terrorist attacks.

"The bucket would carry what we believe to be part of a person back or any evidence we'd find out there or equipment. Five-gallon buckets were everywhere," Turner said.

The team and six cadaver dogs worked at a nearby landfill to help search through the rubble.

"It was an honor and a privilege," Turner said about getting to help.

"The biggest feeling and the biggest surprise that I had was, 'Oh Gosh,' please let me be worthy. Please let me do something good here," Moody admitted.

As they look back on their time helping with the recovery effort, KC and Greg think about the people they met in their short time in the city.

"I'd just like to thank the people of New York for treating us so well when we got there and taking care of us," Turner said.

"I wish I had more names so that I could call them back and say, 'Hey guys, you're still in my mind,'" Moody assured.

The team returned to South-Central Kentucky after finding more than 500 pieces of evidence and five DNA matches.

They hope those matches helped give five families closure.

Neither KC or Greg have been back to Ground Zero since the attacks.

They do hope to go back with their families to share their experiences.

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