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Sanibel emergency responders remember fallen heroes of 9/11

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

On Friday morning at 9:59 a.m., everything went silent.

Fourteen members of the Sanibel Fire Rescue District, Sanibel Police Department and Lee County EMT took part in a solemn ceremony in recognition of the eighth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As part of the remembrance, the United States flag flying above Fire Station #1 on Palm Ridge Road was lowered at half staff for 29 minutes, from 9:59 a.m. – when the World Trade Center south tower fell – until 10:28 a.m. – the moment the World Trade Center north tower collapsed.

As the flag was lowered by firefighter Josh Koza, the other rescue personnel recognized a full minute of silence.

“I think one of our biggest problems is that people have short term memories,” said SFRD training officer Tim Barrett. “Every 9/11 since, we’ve taken time to remember the 343 firefighters who died that day doing their jobs. These guys were running up stairs when everyone else was running down, even though they knew what was going to happen.

Sanibel’s hook and ladder truck contains a door with a 9/11 tribute, containing the words “In Memory Of Our Fallen Brothers” surrounding a symbol containing the FDNY logo and 9-11-01.

“We’ve got to remember what happened that day,” added Barrett. “We can’t let those guys’ deaths be in vain.”