The Redding Fire Department is remembering a local man who was killed 20 years ago responding with the FDNY to the World Trade Center. 42-year old Christopher Blackwell of Putnam Lake grew up in New Fairfield, and graduated from Immaculate High School. He was a veteran, having served with the US Air Force, and a 25 year member of New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Company A. Blackwell also worked as a paramedic providing advanced life support services for the Towns of Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield, New Fairfield and the City of Danbury. Redding Fire officials remember him as always kind, confident and calm during the most stressful situation and called him the best of the best. The highly decorated 20 year veteran of the FDNY received the Heroism and Community Service Medal in 1989, the Thomas Kennedy Medal in 1990, and the Medal of Valor in 1992. He was a member of the FEMA urban search and rescue team and taught heavy rescue skills to fire departments throughout the region and the country.