On Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held a special remembrance ceremony for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Whenever we see the images and hear the sounds, it evokes painful emotions that are as strong as they were when, as an on-duty Firefighter/Paramedic, I watched everything unfolding on the news that fateful morning. We will never forget the heroic efforts of everyone – the firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of our U.S. Armed Forces, and the brave civilians – who gave their all to help others, many losing their lives that day.”
City officials, law enforcement personnel, and civilians attended Ventura City Fire Department stations to participate in the brief ceremony. All stations participated in the ceremony to ensure that all who perished that day are never forgotten.
Fire apparatus rolled out of the stations and was positioned on the station ramps as firefighters stood at attention and raised the U.S. flag ceremoniously to half-staff as silence was maintained.
A special tone was broadcast over the fire radio followed by four sets of five bells. 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.
Fire Officers then shared a brief narrative on the events of September 11, 2001.