Rockland firefighters honor victims of Sept. 11 attacks
Rockland — The Rockland Fire Department on Sept. 11, 2012, honored the victims of the twin towers tragedy in New York City, as well as the crash at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.
The local 911 memorial was built by the members of the Rockland firefighters' union. Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan conducted the ceremony Tuesday morning in front of the 911 memorial at the fire station on Park Street.
Jordan remembered the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field in Shanksville, Pa., just after passengers tried to regain control of their airplane from the terrorists.
Jordan also paid tribute to the more than 400 New York firefighters, police officers and first responders who died trying to save the lives of the victims at the World Trade Center. Those responders are memorialized on a special Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance at KeySpan Park, at the site of the former Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rockland firefighter Chris Whytock thanked the local Home Depot store for its contribution of more than $800 worth of materials for building the memorial.
He was joined by local residents Michael Robinson and Paula Whitamore, who read a plaque in honor of the ceremony. Whitamore's husband, Staff Sgt. Dominic Whitamore, will be deployed to Afghanistan from Camp Edwards, Mass., in a few days. Robinson carried a flag that was flown in combat by the 181st Pioneers of the Army National Guard.
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