9/11 survivor speaks to KBTX ahead of local heroes event

The College Station Noon Lions Club is hosting its annual "Honoring Our Heroes from the Heart" event this year with keynote speaker Samantha Horwitz, a 9/11 survivor, and secret service agent.

Click on the video player to watch Horwitz's interview with News 3's Rusty Surette

The 8th annual event is a salute and thank you program for our Brazos Valley area law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency response professionals. Net proceeds benefit the 100 Club and Lions Charities.

When: February 13, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Hilton College Station
Tickets: Available. Call (979) 777-3989 or visit csnoonlions.org

After graduating from Howard University School of Law, Samantha Horwitz was accepted into the Special Agent Training Class by the United States Secret Service. She was the only female in her graduating class to complete extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Secret Service Training Center. She was assigned to the New York Field Office, Electronic Crimes Task Force, and in addition to investigative case work, she provided protection to several United States Presidents, Former Presidents, First Ladies, and many foreign dignitaries.

Click here to purchase Horwitz's book "The Silent Fall."

"And as it was for our whole country, September 11, 2001, was a turning point in Sam's life. She was in the World Trade Center's North Tower when American Airlines Flight 11 struck it. After many difficult months, she made the difficult decision to leave the Secret Service due to the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"After struggling for over a year, she found the help she needed. She
returned to law enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland as a Lieutenant assigned to The Executive Protection Detail. Her law enforcement career spanned 12 years and she retired in 2012.