El Dorado Hills first responder remembers 9/11
In the large conference room in the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, an American flag hangs to remind the department and community about standing together through tragedy.
El Dorado Hills Fire Lt. Mike Roppolo, 54, lives in El Dorado Hills with his wife and two kids.
In the spring following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, he had a planned family vacation to New York.
“Part of our family vacation itinerary was to visit Ground Zero,” Roppolo said. “The impact of Ground Zero was profound because they had not started restoration yet. I had my two kids with me at the time. They were about 10 and 11 years old. They saw the devastation. It brought tears to all of our eyes and they saw how it affected me. They understood.”
After visiting the site, Roppolo said he noticed there were American flags for sale with all of the fallen emergency service personnel who lost their lives during 9/11. He decided to purchase a flag for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department at the recommendation of his son Chris who was 10 at the time.
“Being at Ground Zero months after the attacks was...