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Though it happened twenty years ago, the attacks of September 11th, 2001 are still fresh in many memories. Many can remember exactly where they were when they heard the news. Others weren’t born yet or were too young to remember.
This year, on September 11th, in the Chrisman city park, taps were played at the exact times that the planes hit the towers and the buildings collapsed.
At noon, Chrisman Fire Chief Mike Marvin gave a memorial for those lost in the attacks. Marvin along with former and current members of the Chrisman Fire Department lost a fellow firefighter that day.
Andrew Fredericks trained with Marvin along with other firefighters in Chrisman. Fredericks was part of Squad 18 that went to the Twin Towers after the attack. Sadly, Fredericks, along with three hundred and forty-three other firefighters, didn’t make it home that day.
Andrew A. Fredericks was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report of Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
In addition to the firefighters, 2,977 others lost their lives that day in the attacks. Many more are suffering now due to breathing in all the fumes and materials from the towers falling.
The Chrisman Days memorial began with the playing of the song ‘Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning’ by Alan Jackson, a song written about the events that took place. Once the song finished, Chief Marvin spoke about those who lost their lives and how the Chrisman Fire Department honors them everyday. Ben Jenness, Mark Wyatt, Jamie Watters, Danny Burch, Drew Lorenzen and Brent Tuggle volunteered to go to New York to help with the clean up.
Marvin gave the signal for the fire siren to be sounded along with the bell to be rung for the fire fighters ‘final bell’.
‘Amazing Grace’ on bagpipes and taps were played over the speakers. As the music played, a gust of wind blew, sending the American Flags waving in the air.