"I still get choked up thinking about it.” -Ray Hanson
In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks- employees at a Fort Wayne company knew they had to do something.
You might even still see their 'I-M-Heartbroken for New York' bumper stickers on cars around the area.
WFFT has the story.
Almost immediately after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001, Keith and Ray Hanson here at Custom Art in Fort Wayne got to work with their campaign to help support those fire and police workers in New York City.
"I remember an awful lot of it as vividly as if it were yesterday,” Keith Hanson says.
"I still get choked up thinking about it,” Ray Hanson says.
"And I remember that evening thinking I've got to be able to do something about this. I've got to help somehow,” Keith says.
Right after they saw the images of the towers, brothers Keith and Ray got to work.
"Actually with tears in my eyes, I designed the I-M-Heartbroken for New York bumper sticker,” Keith says.
Custom Art donated 14,000 stickers anonymously to the Fort Wayne Fire Department- who sold them for $5 each to raise money for the families of New York firefighters and police officers who died from the attack.
That campaign raised over $97,000.
"So I wrote a poem- 'My Father Flew the Flag,' and he actually did fly the flag a lot,” Ray says.
They printed posters of the poem, and this one for Christmas of that year, with Santa and his sleigh led by an F-16.
In 2011, when Navy Seal Team Six shot and killed Osama Bin Ladin- they made another sticker.
"So on that night, again, not with tears, but with joy, I designed this one, of 'Gotcha!'" Keith says.
And today, they describe the feeling they still get when they see those stickers around the city.
"Proud. Very proud. Still proud... People just don't take them off. They don't forget,” Ray says.
Some of those posters and stickers are still available.
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