The City of Terrell Fire Department will host a 9/11 ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 at the flag pole in front of Fire Station No. 1, located adjacent to City Hall at 201 E. Nash Street.
Mayor Rick Carmona, Interim City Manager Mike Sims and Police Chief Ken McKeown will make opening remarks at the event that will pay tribute to the 2,573 people killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011. Terrell Police Department Chaplain Gary Weems also will make some remarks and give the opening prayer.
“We are inviting the public to join us for this event,” said Terrell Fire Chief Shane LeCroy. “We never want to forget the tragic loss of our fellow firefighters and other first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice that day.”
Terrell Fire Department Driver/Engineer Michael Angell, one of the organizers of the event, summarized the details of that fateful morning.
“At 7:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six minutes later, the first contingent of New York City firefighters—two ladder and two engine companies arrived at the stricken building. They had just begun to climb a stairwell in an effort to reach people trapped on the upper floors, when another hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175, struck the south tower at 8:03 a.m.,” Angell said.
The 343 FDNY firefighters killed on that day is a somber figure - far surpassing the 78 lives lost in second biggest fatal event, a1910 Idaho forest fire, Angell said. In addition, 72 others law enforcement officers, representing 10 agencies, died from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The City has relocated the flagpole at City Hall to the Adelaide Street side of the building by the fire bay. They also have made improvements to allow access to the fire bell located directly in front of the flagpole.