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Verdugo Fire System to Hold 9/11 Tribute

A tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 will be broadcast through the local fire department communications system.

From Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile's weekly report:

Eleven years ago America suffered a devastating tragedy in which nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were killed at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. During those attacks, 343 firefighters and 72 police officers died. To commemorate the anniversary of September 11, the Fire Department will host a brief ceremony in the honor of all those who lost their lives that day.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Verdugo will announce a tribute for each of the 44 stations in the system:

Note: Verdugo will wake all stations at 6:30am. All personnel should be in dress or agency appropriate uniform and assembled in front of their respective stations by 6:45am.

6:45am - Verdugo requests all stations to switch to XLC ACCESS which is Channel Knob # 16 or labeled as “RED 16 AXS” or “XLC-AXS” on portables; Verdugo staff will make this request on RED1. Staff should continue to monitor RED-1 for any possible incident assignments on a separate radio.

6:50am-  Raise and lower the flag to half-staff.

6:59am-  A tribute will be aired by Verdugo Dispatch over the fire department radio only on XLC-ACCESS, honoring those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11.  A moment of silence will unanimously be observed by all 44 of Verdugo's stations and Verdugo will toll three sets of five tones to honor those firefighters (this message will preempt the normal 7:00am and 7:15am scheduled station alerting tests).

Margaret Angerer September 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Statuesque Towers By: Margaret L. Angerer One day ~ much to our surprise, We couldn’t believe what we saw with our eyes. Some feeling an explosion, responding to cries, Wishing what I was viewing ~ was just a disguise. Once ~ two beautiful ~ statuesque towers, Now disintegrating above, spewing ashes for hours. Loved ones there working, to bring home their pay, Now shattered and dark, messengers ruined this day. Men, and women, and children all around, Looking on with despair, some collapse to the ground. The floors of our beautiful towers, now engulfed in smoke and flame. We’re viewing ~ but not believing ~ that there IS someone to blame! The temperature’s too hot to gauge, Floors burning down like dried up sage. Screaming out windows, victims are now taking dives. Cameras keep us watching, as some take their own lives. Dozens of floors consumed in smoke and flame, How could they do this and be proud to take the blame? Many that are watching look on with disbelief, Then seeing a familiar face, there’s a deep sigh of relief. Big guys, strong guys, someone who’s always there; They may not even know us, but always show they care. The endurance of the men, at “Station 9, Engine 54, Ladder 4”, We admire you, we thank you, and we pray there is no more. ©2006 All rights reserved Thanks and appreciation to EVERY station, nationwide.

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