Salem Fire Department Remembers 9-11 With Weekend Ceremony
Names of All Emergency Responders Killed at World Trade Center Are Read and Their Steps Traced
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      The Salem Fire Protection District remembered those who lost their lives in 9-11 with a program in Bryan Memorial Park over the weekend.

      Salem Fire Lieutenant Greg Miller says it is important the memory of the 9-11 attacks be kept alive.

      "On September 11, 2001 eight EMTs, 60 police officers, 343 fire fighters lost their lives responding to help others. Since that day another 653 have died from 911 related illnesses. We are gathered here today to mourn their loss and to celebrate their dedication and devotion to people they have never met and would have never met," said Miller. "Memorial events like this one are vital if we are going to keep the events of 911 from just being another page in a history book."

      State Representative John Cavaletto told emergency responders they have strong representation at the State Capitol in Springfield.

      "You have done great work, and I want to thank all of you for what you do. We can't forget the people that have past and gone on because of fighting the fires, the policemen and the firemen," said Cavaletto. "Let's take a moment of silence for them."

      The Chaplain for the Belleville Fire Department Darrell Coons recalled how the attacks brought everyone together in the U.S. and 80 other nations around the world as freedom came under attack.

      "We are not quite as unified today. And I hope that it never takes another 911 to make us unified once again," said Coons. "May we who are gathered here commit ourselves to the entity of this gathering, and to remember that unity that we felt in those days. May we share that with our neighbors, family, friends and even strangers."

      The program included the reading of the names of all those who lost their lives attempting to help others following the plane crashes into the World Trade Center. A piece of metal from the Trade Center building obtained by the Pana Fire Department was displayed in front of the podium.

      Firefighters and others then walked a nine-tenths of a mile path that represented the 1,980 steps and 110 stories firefighters had to climb to try and reach some of the victims.

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