*Editor’s Note: In Remembering 9/11: 10 Year Anniversary, the Custer County Chief asked some of our citizens about 9/11: Did they remember where they were and what they were doing when the planes hit ... they did; Do they believe this event impacted the United States and if so, how? And where they impacted directly?
Deputy Roy Crites was working for the Custer County Sheriff’s Office at the time of 9/11. He said then Sheriff Ted Henderson came into the room and said,”Holy cow! I think we’re under attack!”
“That’s when we became glued to the TV,” he said. They had a hard time believing it at first, but as the day progressed, the situation became more obvious.
He believes that absolutely the United States has been impacted.
“Look what it’s down with the military. I volunteered because of that day.”
Crites spent one year in Iraz and two years in Afghanistan as a member of the International Police Service.
“It brought out the patriatism in the United States. It brought people together. I firmly believe it has made America more patriotic. When you see our soldiers in the air ports, people will give them the time of day. They’ll even go up and tell them thanks. I have the utmost respect for our military.
“I have grandkids. I don’t want them to have to go to war. I see the DARE philosphies coming out. It brought the desire to volunteer out in me. I knw that if I could help in anyway shape or form I wanted to do just that.”
Crites added that one thing that is different is that he is now more in tune with the daily news. He wants to be informed about what is going on worldwide, just not here at home.
Crites has returned to teh United States and is now Chief Deputy for the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.
For more stories and memories of 9-11, see the Sept. 8 edition of the Custer County Chief.