Sept. 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others at the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11, 2001, in addition to law enforcement officers, medical service providers and other public servants, 343 firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice to help others.

“Let us never forget the bold and brave actions of all the men and women who commit to public service above personal safety, especially on Sept. 11,” said Chief Steve Hudson.

Monroe County Fire Rescue will conduct remembrances at all Monroe County Fire Rescue stations on Saturday, Sept. 11 to reflect on the lives lost. The public is invited; masks are requested or the ceremony can be viewed from a car or a safe distance. The observance will also be hosted live on Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page: www.fb.com/monroecountyfirerescue.

  • 09:50 a.m. – Primary apparatus brought out of the station bay.
  • 09:59 – Time of the South Tower WTC collapse, sound apparatus air horn in three sets of five blasts followed by one minute of silence.
  • 10:00 – Station flag lowered to half-mast.
  • 10:00 to 10:28 – Time for personal remembrance and reflection.
  • 10:28 – Time of the North Tower WTC collapse, sound apparatus air horn in three sets of five blasts followed by one minute of silence.
  • 10:29 – Flag raised.
  • 10:30 – Return apparatus to station and resume normal duties.

During the remembrance, normal emergency response actions will be observed. Monroe County Fire Rescue stations can be found at the following locations:

  • Station 8 – Stock Island, 5655 MacDonald Avenue, MM 5
  • Station 9 – Big Coppitt, 28 Emerald Drive, MM 10
  • Station 10 – Sugarloaf, 17175 Overseas Highway, MM 17
  • Station 11 – Cudjoe, 22352 Overseas Highway, MM 20
  • Station 13 – Big Pine Key, 390 Key Deer Boulevard, MM 30.5
  • Station 17 – Conch Key, 10 S Conch Avenue, MM 63
  • Station 18 – Layton, 68260 Overseas Highway, MM 68.5
  • Station 22 – Tavernier, 151 Marine Avenue, MM 92

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