Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Orland Fire Protection District Commemorates 9/11

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Orland Fire Protection District Commemorates 9/11

The Orland Fire Protection District held a commemoration service Tuesday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.

Among those killed on September 11 were 343 New York Fire Fighters and paramedics, 23 members of the New York Police Department, and 37 members of the New York Port Authority.

Organized by OFPD Chief Ken Brucki, the event featured Commander Edward P. Dunne and was held at Fire Station 1 adjacent to the Fire District Headquarters at 9790 W. 151st Street.

“We assemble here today joining Americans across the country to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks. We will never forget the losses suffered on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” Dunne told a gathering of firefighters and community residents.

“This ceremony is a salute to all the fallen firefighters, law enforcement, military personnel and civilians alike. We give thanks to the extraordinary response of the entire American Fire Service to the tragic events that have changed all of our lives.”

During the ceremony, the American Flag was lowered to half mast. Local 2754 provided the Honor Guard to ring the ceremonial bell, a total of three rings done three times to symbolize the devotion that firefighters share, and to remember those who have sacrificed their lines in the line of duty.

(Photos courtesy Battalion Chief Dan Smith)