INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Project 9/11 held an annual ceremony Wednesday, honoring those who lost their lives on that fateful day.
Hoosier native Don Bacso spoke about his experience at the event.
Bacso was on a business trip from Indiana. His assignment took him to the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
“I was in the stairwell within five minutes after the impact, because I just knew I wanted to get out of that building,” said Bacso.“It was calm, it was cool, everybody had a great demeanor and everybody was relaxed because we didn't realize what was going on.”
Within 45 minutes, after terrorists hit the tower, Bacso was walking away. 12 years later, he's sharing his story with people in Indianapolis so no one forgets.
“I want to spread the message to them so they can take it to their generations of kids, their grandchildren or great grandchildren in the future,” said Bacso.
The organizer of the annual ceremony in Indianapolis is also one of the heroes from that day.
“I am now a victim of 9/11, in addition to being a member of the team that was there,” says Greg Hess, a former Indiana Task Force 1 member.
Firefighter Greg Hess was part of the Indiana team that responded. Six years later, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Just this year, the federal government certified his cancer a result of 9/11.
Greg says his job might have put him at death's door, but he wouldn't change a thing.
“I mean that's just, it's just part of my being. I mean that's what we do,” said Hess. “It just reaffirms that my decision and my thought process to get this memorial built will serve to remember those people who died that day and our soldiers that are serving overseas and are dying as a result of this conflict.”
Greg has been in remission since 2008. He now begins the long process of getting reimbursed for his medical bills from the government.
Police dispatchers in Hancock County say two medical helicopters were called to the scene of a crash late Wednesday night.
SWAT members were called to the city's northwest side Wednesday night.
In the wake of tornadoes that ravaged towns like Kokomo, Hoosiers now have another concern.