9/11 anniversary remembered by Fire Department at Station 3 at 5838 Telegraph Rd. Photo by Bernie Goldstein
On Sunday morning, September 11th, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held special remembrances for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “Although 15 years have passed since that tragic day in 2001, it seems it could have happened yesterday. The images, the sounds, the emotions, and the pain are as vivid today as they were when I watched the events of that morning unfold live on television with my crew at Fire Station 5. We will never forget the actions of the firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of our U.S. Armed Forces, and the brave civilians who worked to save others, many losing their lives, that fateful day.”
City officials, law enforcement personnel, and Venturans visited many of the Ventura City Fire Department stations to participate in the brief ceremony.
The remembrances were held from 6:45 a.m. to 6:59.
At 6:55 a.m. – Firefighters stood at attention and raised the U.S. flag ceremoniously to half-staff. Silence was maintained.
At 6:59 a.m. – A special tone was broadcast over the fire radio followed by four sets of five bells. One minute of complete silence was held. The time coincides with the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower, and the bells are traditionally used by the fire service to commemorate firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
For information about Ventura City Fire Stations, visit www.cityofventura.net/about/stations.