Former NYPD Officer Speaks in Montgomery

September 11, 2001.  It's a day no American could ever forget.  Almost exactly six years after the 9-11 terror attacks, memories are stronger than ever.

"It seems like the blink of an eye."

Brian O'Neill was on patrol that day in New York City.  Retired from the NYPD after 20 years of service, O'Neill worked for nine months at "Ground Zero," recovering remains from the metal heap where the twin towers once stood.

We spent long, long days--18 hour work days.  When you were there, you just wanted to be with your family, but when you were with your family you knew that you needed to do your job and you wanted to be [back at the site]," O'Neill explained.

That story of dedication and strife brought O'Neill from the Big Apple to Montgomery, where he spoke to churchgoers about the hard times and the faith that kept him going throughout the disaster.

"I just want to share with people in times of tragedy that God has strength for you.  You just have to be open to it," O'Neill said.

He will deliver that message and his story at a sold out banquet on Tuesday at Eastmont Baptist Church.  After the dinner, Christian singer and songwriter Kyle Matthews will perform a free concert.

Doors open at 7:30PM.