EPPD lieutenant shares story of working on 9/11 as a New York police officer

Lieutenant John Schneider (Courtesy: KFOX14)

Lt. John Schneider began his career as a police officer in New York before joining the El Paso Police Department.

He remembers very vividly working and helping civilians during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

"At first, I thought it was just a plane, possible small plane, it's happened in the area before," said Schneider.

Schneider quickly realized it was a terrorist attack. At first, all he could think about was his wife.

“She was on the train. I told her to get off on the next stop and told her to just go home and there was a terrorist attack and I’ll call you," said Schneider.

Schneider worked several months to help rebuild his city.

"After 9/11, I was working non-stop for six months. It was very hard. It was taxing on all of us," said Schneider.

After visiting a relative in El Paso for a wedding, Schneider decided to put in an application with the El Paso Police Department. He was quickly offered a job and moved to a city he knew nothing about.

"I felt guilty about leaving. It took me a little time when I moved to El Paso to kind of get over that, because New York is my home. I was born and raised there."

Now a longtime resident of El Paso, Schneider said the memories of 9/11 help him realize what life is all about and appreciate the sacrifices made by everyone on that terrifying day.

"At the end, you got to appreciate what you have, because it can be taken from you any day," said Schneider.

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