For 9/11 baby from Redding, a 10th birthday approaches

While many remember Sept. 11 for all of the lives that ended that day, the Starett family from Redding remembers it instead as the day

REDDING - While many remember Sept. 11 for all of the lives that ended that day, the Starett family from Redding remembers it instead as the day a life began.

Tyler Starrett was born on Sept. 11, 2001. Now age 9, he loves to play sports and is looking forward to starting middle school in the fall.

Tyler's mother, Gen, recalls how she and her husband tried to focus on their newborn son while the hospital braced for potential chaos around them.

Instead of congratulatory calls and visits, friends and family members rang to ask if they were watching the smoke and ashes rise from the World Trade Center on television, Gen Starett says.

The Starretts say that when someone mentions Sept. 11, their son Tyler comes to mind first.

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