Fifteen years ago, Matt Dubnik and a co-worker drove to a Best Buy to get a better understanding of the news on the morning of Sept. 11.
Listening to the radio in the car, Dubnik heard the news of the tower falling.
“But as we think back, I’m reminded that this was a great country then ... This has become a greater country,” said Dubnik, who is running unopposed in November for state House District 29.
Dubnik introduced Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle at a law enforcement gathering Friday morning at The Venue at Blackshear Place in Flowery Branch. The West Hall Middle School chorus led by Miro Gomez sang patriotic tunes as the speakers remembered the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York.
“I’m proud to look around the room and see everyone in uniform that wears a badge and that I know who protects my family,” Dubnik said. “That’s a great way to go to bed at night.”
Cagle referenced the recent controversy of national anthem protests without invoking the name of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has kneeled and sat during the anthem.
“That quarterback may be blindsided by someone who missed a block, but the reality is that those individuals that are on the beat every single day, the blind side that they feel is far different than a sack in the backfield,” Cagle said.
The lieutenant governor mentioned the fallen officers from the Riverdale and Eastman police departments as well as the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
“Sadly enough, a call came in to possibly a wife, possibly kids to let them know dad’s not going to be home tonight,” Cagle said.
Cagle called on citizens of the state to support law enforcement and honor those that protect and serve.
“As your lieutenant governor, I cannot tell you how grateful and how thankful that I am for the men and the women across this state that are willing to make sacrifices,” he said.