Manila Firefighters remember 9/11

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In remembrance of 9/11 attack the Manila Fire Department flew the flags at half mast and placed two wreaths in memory of the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives. The recognition ceremony was held on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

The Manila Firefighters held a remembrance ceremony Saturday, Sept. 11, in honor of all who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Pictured are Captain Ron Amick, Corey Newcomb, Assistant Fire Chief Wes Sandusky, Captain Chris Crook and son Collin Crook (future fireman), and George Starkey.

The wreaths, made and donated by Mildred Ramsey of Manila, featured ribbons inscribed with FDNY, Remember 9/11 and another one for NYPD.

There were 343 firefighters, 23 New York Police Officers, 37 Port Authority Police Officers, and 15 EMTs, among the total 2,740 American casualties of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Manila Fire Chief Keith Bennett expressed his appreciation for the wreaths and the community support of the Manila Fire Department.

"We recently held a fundraising barbecue event and we were overwhelmed by the support of the community," Chief Bennett said. "The sales and donations exceeded our expectation. We are grateful. We also appreciate the Manila Business Women who made fried pies for the event, Paul Scott Poag for the use of his large pit, and the Lions Club for the sign."

All of the proceeds will go to purchase rope rescue equipment and turn out gear.

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