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Flag flown over Ground Zero to be shown at Phoenix City Hall on Sept. 11


A flag that flew over Ground Zero will be at Phoenix City Hall on Sept. 11.

The flag belongs to a former New York Fire Department paramedic who was on duty September 11, 2001.

He now lives in Paradise Valley.

"It hasn't flown since the day it flew down at Ground Zero," said John Buneta, a former NYFD paramedic.

September 11, 2001, Buneta was a New York Fire Department paramedic assigned to the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

He was on his way to work when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

He sprang into action.

"I might have stayed 10 or 15 minutes with EMS personal and starting some IV's and helping people with severe burns and then I started walking towards the World Trade Center when the south tower collapsed," said Buneta.

Buneta, who now lives in Paradise Valley, lost many friends that day.

About a year after the attacks, the commissioner of the office of Emergency Management gave a five foot by nine foot flag to Buneta.

During rescue and recover, flags were flown in the morning and at night. Buneta believes his is one of between 25 and 40 that were taken down and given to first responders and dignitaries.

Wednesday, September 11, the flag will be presented at Phoenix City Hall.

"I feel it's a great tribute to have this flag fly on September 11, just give everyone a remembrance and maybe give them sort of a feel that something that was down at Ground Zero is actually there before them," said Buneta.

The former NYFD paramedic plans to frame the flag to hang in his house.

The 9/11 ceremony begins at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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