Pasco Sheriff named to Homeland Security advisory role

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has added another leadership responsibility to his plate —an advisory role with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Pasco Sheriff is one of seven new members named to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) by acting secretary Chad Wolf. The announcement came from the federal agency last month. The HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security … [Read more...]

78 floors up, blind man and guide dog survive 9/11

Michael Hingson felt a sense of calmness as he walked floor by floor — exiting the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Hingson has been blind since birth and he, with his former guide dog, Roselle, had to work as a team to find their way to safety. Hingson, the author of “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust,” recently shared his story at Saint … [Read more...]

9/11 responder shares his story and a gift

Stephen Spelman rushed to Ground Zero as a first responder, but quickly found himself trying to outrun the overwhelming cloud of dust as The World Trade Center’s North Tower began to collapse. Eighteen years later - to the day - Spelman shared the story of the daunting experience he had on Sept. 11, 2001. Spelman, who now lives in Wesley Chapel, was the featured speaker at a North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Remembering the fallen of 9/11

The morning of Sept. 11 was marked by a 9/11 memorial at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The service featured remarks from members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1124, which bears the name of Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, a first responder who perished in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills to remember fallen of 9/11

As commemoration ceremonies take place across America to honor the victims of Sept. 11, Zephyrhills, too, will host its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The public event will begin at 11 a.m., and is expected to last an hour. Marine Corps League Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin Detachment 1124 will host the event. The league is named after a fallen first responder at the World Trade … [Read more...]

Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and other members of the community, stood … [Read more...]