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Hastings first responders pay respects to those lost on 9/11

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 5:23 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It has been 19 years since the attack on the World Trade Center. On Friday, Hastings first responders took time to make sure what happened that day would not be forgotten.

For firefighters it’s a different kind of connection to 9/11 when they think about their brothers and sisters who were first responders who tried to save people at ground zero.

Five rings of the bell outside the fire station symbolized a firefighter’s last call. The Hastings Fire Department used the moment during the ringing to remember their brothers and sisters who were serving in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. There is a special connection between first responders even from so far away.

“Even though I never met some of those people, you still feel the loss because you’ve been in the same place that they have, you know what they’re doing, you know what their family is going to go through,” Captain Darin Clark said.

The fire department and Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home partner each year to hold the ceremony. They invite the public to share their connections to the day and to come together as the world did after the attack.

“It’s a tragedy for America and it’s a tragedy for the world, and we’re not the only country that has had tragedy, and we just have to be human beings and realize what’s happened and just not forget this day and the people who perished in this,” Funeral Director Mike Butler said.

As a new generation of children are growing up after the attack some believe these ceremonies are more important to teach about the loss the country suffered.

“It’s important for us to continue to have these ceremonies and remember the day so we don’t forget the people who gave their life that day, for people who were innocently going to work that day in the towers or just taking a flight to go to California,” Capt. Clark said.

For first responders, the day will always be a reminder of what each call could bring as they do their duty.

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