In Spokane, dozens of people gathered at the Spokane County fairgrounds to honor those we lost on 9/11.

JoAnn Thompson was working for the Garfield Police Department as an EMS Educator and also as a paramedic on September 11, 2001.

She first heard about the 9/11 attacks on a police scanner on her way to work in New Jersey.

"The second plane had hit in there and I heard the dispatcher say there had been a secondary explosion," Thompson said.


Three of JoAnn's coworkers died.

"When I saw the pile of rubble, I was just in awe. I saw the towers get built and to see them come down like that, they had to be 20 feet high, it was unbelievable," she said.

As the sound of the bag pipes rang throughout the stadium, JoAnn and dozens of others remembered the thousands of people killed, the fallen soldiers and unsung heroes.

"Fifteen years later, it has the same impact as if its happened yesterday. We still remember the brothers and sisters who lost their lives that day," Spokane Valley Fire Captain Robert Proctor said.

"That day is embedded in your mind. It will never go away," Thompson said.