Visiting College Students

A group from a Missouri college came to Naperville recently to learn how the September 11th terrorist attacks forever changed city operations.

17 students from Culver-Stockton College saw our city’s 9/11 Memorial, one of the first in the country.

It was built to honor former Naperville resident Commander Dan Shanower who died in the Pentagon attack.

They met his mother Mrs. Shanower at then he memorial who shared her son’s story and toured both the police & fire departments where they learned how their operations have changed.

One fireman shared how he went to New York City shortly after the attacks on the world trade center to work in a morgue identifying human remains.

“I can remember everything vividly. My mother-in-law lived with us at the time and she had gotten up and was talking about a plane that had crashed into the trade centers,” said Naperville fireman David Walters. “I sat down with her and about ten minutes later that’s when the second one crashed and I said, ‘I’m going.’”

Most of the students were no older than fifth grade at the time of the September 11th attacks.

“Security was a lot tighter after 9-11,” said Josh Gustard, a senior at Culver-Stockton. “You could get on a plane no problem prior to 9-11 but security tightened up. Protocol changed. And it was really interesting to see how all that changed with police department [and] fire department.”

They’ll use what they learned here to help them write a paper on the social and legal implications that day has had on our society.

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