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Leon County hosts 11th Annual Day of Service in runup to 9/11 anniversary

A woman in a blue shirt paints a house while other people dressed in blue shirts stand behind her.
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
County employees and other volunteers spent hours working on more than a dozen neighborhood homes.

About 60 Leon County government employees and other volunteers spent the morning of Thursday, Aug. 18, sprucing up part of the Capital City Estates neighborhood near Capital Circle and Crawfordville Highway. The County’s Shington Lamy said it was the 11th Annual Day of Service in advance of next month’s 9/11 anniversary.

“So, we’re out here picking up debris, painting the exterior of homes (and) pressure washing. We’re proud to do this in our community. We’ve got about 15 homes that we’re doing this year. We’re partnering with Crossway Baptist Church. This is an opportunity that many of us love to participate in and we’re here today with our neighbors from Capital City Estates.”

Even 21 years later, the memory of 9/11 is still strong in America. But for one of the project volunteers, former New Yorker Jim Kocha that recollection is far more vivid.

“Yeah, I was there for 9/11 both times; in ‘93 when they failed and hit the basement and didn’t take the Tower down and when they came back in ‘01, I was literally right across the street and managed to get out before the Towers collapsed.”

Since moving to Tallahassee, Kocha has been a regular volunteer with the County’s yearly Day of Remembrance and Service, a precious chance he said to "give thanks for what I've got and pay it forward."

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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