'They're with you for the rest of your life': Bells ring downtown for Jan. 8 victims
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CREATED Jan. 8, 2013
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One ring of the bell. One moment to remember a life lost.
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild called on everyone Tuesday to ring a bell at 10:10 a.m. to remember the lives lost and effected after Tucson’s mass shooting, January 8, 2011.
Rothschild rang Fire Central’s bell downtown 19 times. The first six commemorated those who lost their lives that day two years ago: Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabriel Zimmerman.
The mayor paused then rang the historic bell 13 more times -- once for each person injured that day.
KGUN9 News reporter Kevin Keen asked Rothschild afterward, “As you were ringing that bell, what went through your mind?” “When I went to ring the bell, we do so really out of a firefighters' tradition. When a person is lost, that's what you do. Out of a tradition we (also) have in this community, we have Ben's Bells for kindness.”
“It brought back to me that day,” Rothschild added. “It brought back to me a sense of finality. It really was much more emotional than I thought it was going to be.”
Standing strong behind the mayor: Tucson police and firefighters, who served as secondary responders that day.
Keen asked Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker, “With each strike of the bell, what was going through your mind?” “How the lives of so many people were effected that day,” he answered.
“The folks that had to go through that -- it imprints you forever,” Baker said. “Those aren't things that you get to forget about. They're with you for the rest of your life.”