PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On 9/11 the life of Tom Ridge went into fast forward. In a short time he ran the nation’s security.

For Tom Ridge, it’s been an emotional weekend. Saturday he dedicated the memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The former governor was the first Secretary of Homeland Security in the years after 9/11/.

You can hear Larry Kane’s interview with Tom Ridge in this CBS Philly ‘Specials Place’ podcast…

He thinks we are safer now but that we can’t be lulled into a false sense of security

“Clearly we are safer and we are more secure but that doesn’t mean we are any less of a target. That’s the challenge. We can’t be breathless about it but we have to accept it as the new norm. They’re out there, it’s a global scourge. We’ve been lucky a couple times in the past few months and past year and a half in the United States. We’re still a target,” says Ridge.

In a regional exclusive, Ridge remembers his arrival at Shanksville on 9/11 and his decision to leave the Governor’s office and head to the White House.

Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio

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