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Southern Oregon Fire Departments remember September 11th

Firefighters gather to remember the events of September 11, 2001(KTVL/Alexander Mesadieu)

Fire departments stretching from at least Klamath County to Josephine, all gathered today at the Rogue Valley Manor to remember those who died on September 11th.

Firefighters climbed up the stairs of the Rogue Valley Manor and held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives that day.

They say it's important for everyone to remember the sacrifices citizens and first responders made on that day.

"We should never forget any of that, any sacrifices," said Captain David Ackles of Medford Fire-Rescue.

The event has been held in Medford for a decade and half. 15 years ago, a Medford fire captain took his crew and climbed the Rogue Valley Manor to remember September 11th. After word got around the fire department about the ceremony all the fire crews around Medford wanted to be a part of the ceremony, so next year it became a Medford Fire Department event. Afterwards they opened it to all fire departments south of Roseburg.

"We're passing on the tradition and we're passing on the memory," said David Ackles of Medford Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters who attended ranged greatly in age. For some of the younger firefighters, it was significant to hear about the day from people who experienced it firsthand.

"I was just a kid when that happened, I was 10 years old... but now going up and going into this career field you see the impact that it's had on a lot of people," said Brandon Grissom, firefighter for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

After the moment of silence, firefighters spoke about the day, said a prayer and firefighters from departments from across the region all ate a meal with one another.

343 firefighters lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th.


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