Remembering lessons learned on the road to Ground Zero
This tragic event influenced nationwide thought and reflection, and Bob said he learned a great deal in the days following 9/11.
The following are just a few valuable lessons Bob learned during his time driving for Operation Noble Eagle that he still feels hold true 20 years later.
We are stronger together
One of the biggest things that stuck with Bob after 9/11 was how quickly the nation came together to support one another after the terrorist attacks.
From the lines of people waiting to donate relief supplies, to the overpasses lined with flags, banners and people, Bob said there was an overwhelming sense of togetherness across the nation.
“I had never seen that kind of unity,” Bob said. “That horrible event really brought the country together in a way that I had never seen in my life.”
A little generosity goes a long way
Upon arriving in New York City, Bob distributed food, water, gloves, boots and other essential supplies to first responders at Ground Zero. Bob said the generosity and support from Wisconsinites truly made a difference that day.
“These big, tough New Yorkers just couldn’t believe we were doing this for them,” Bob said. “They just couldn’t believe that people from Green Bay cared so much about them and the gratitude they showed was unbelievable.”
Not all heroes wear capes.
Bob said people have called him a hero for taking part in Operation Noble Eagle, but he feels he isn’t the one who deserves the credit.
“I just happened to be in the position to help,” Bob said. “Anybody would have done what we did. It was all the ordinary people from Northeast Wisconsin doing extraordinary things and donating all of those supplies.”
Bob said he was just doing the job of a truck driver, delivering supplies.
“We take care of America as truck drivers,” Bob said. “It’s what we do. The country needs it, so we get it done, and 9/11 was no different. Those people needed relief, supplies and help and we provided that. “