Police Department escorts 9/11 walker to Long Valley
LONG VALLEY, NJ – Members of the Washington Township Police Department recently helped Jesse Johnson-Brower with part of his trip, as he made his way to the Flight 93 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, Pa. , before its final destination to the National Pentagon Memorial. in Washington, DC
Over a 30-day period, Johnson-Brower, a western Michigan military veteran, plans to travel 500 miles, with the start of his journey starting at the World Trade Center Memorial earlier in August.
Johnson-Brower was one of the first to attend the Pentagon scene after its attack on September 11, 2001, along with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment.
Today CEO of the nonprofit LifeGR, an organization that helps empower members of the military, veterans and first responders battling post-traumatic stress, his march will span all three Memorial sites attacked that day and will pass through six states.
While in Long Valley on August 15, Johnson-Brower stopped at the police department, having been escorted by police from East Mill Road to Pleasant Grove Road.
On the same day, Johnson-Brower also passed through Chester on Route 24, after being escorted by police and firefighters.
According to statistics from Johnson-Brower’s LifeGR website, on September 11, 2001, approximately 2,977 civilians were killed, along with 343 first responders, in the terrorist attacks. Since then, more than 11,000 soldiers and contractors have been killed in action, and more than 100,000 injured.
More than 450 first responders perished from cancers and illnesses linked to 9/11, the website also says.