Updated 09/11/2012 12:38 PM
NY State Museum holds 9/11 ceremony
The Capital Region remembers. A solemn ceremony was held at the New York State Museum in Albany to honor the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Megan Cruz reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Time definitely helps," said Arlene Beyer. "I can still lose it any day, but it's a lot easier to recover."
It's been 11 years since 9/11, a day that changed the lives of many - like Arlene Beyer's.
"Now when I look at it, I see Paul sitting in the back with his arm out the window and a big grin on his face," said Beyer. "I remember how much he loved being a fireman."
Her husband Paul Beyer was called into action that September morning.
He was one of four in his company who died.
Members of the FDNY gathered at the New York State Museum Tuesday to remember the 11th anniversary of when Beyer and 342 other firefighters gave their lives to save others.
Ronald Schmultzer was one of the captains in Beyer's battalion. He says that day is still fresh in his mind.
"It was just an unbelievable sight. It was just horrendous," said Schmultzer. "What I still remember to this day is there wasn't a desk, a chair, a computer. There was no big pieces of wall board. There was nothing left. Everything was pulverized."
When Schmultzer heard who didn't make it, "I saw these guys growing up," he said. "I met these guys when they were young probies on the job, then a few years later, they're gone."
Roger Sakowich was Beyer's chief at the time. He's the one who called Arlene to tell her her husband was missing.
"It was a week or two afterwards when we found a member," said Sakowich. "Pretty much the families had figured out what was going on by then. Then they just wanted a piece, something back."
Arlene says it's not the tangible things she cherishes.
"I remember everything," she said. "I remember the way he used to call his name, I remember how he always made me smile, I remember his warm hugs, sometimes I still feel them."
Those at the ceremony say remembering helps them move on, knowing that their colleagues didn't die in vain.
"It's never forgotten. It's not like you remember it just this day," said Schmultzer.
"God help us if we ever forget," said Sakowich.