Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Supervisor Michael Antonovich, honor the memory of those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Photos by Nicole Mooradian.
by Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige
It has been 15 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) came together to honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children, as well as the 343 firefighters and 40 law enforcement personnel, who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance ceremony took place at the LACoFD Firefighter Memorial.
“(The firefighters) lived by the motto, ‘first in, last out,’ but sadly those 343 never made it out,” said Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
Supervisor Michael Antonovich from the Fifth District, Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte joined Chief Osby on stage, sharing their remarks and memories.
“The terrorists didn’t count on us growing stronger and getting better since that day,” McDonnell said. “They still recruit and the attacks continue, but we persist and forge onward.”
The hour-long ceremony included a presentation of colors from the LACoFD and LASD honor guards, a performance by Fire Fighter Paramedic Humberto Agurcia of the national anthem, and music from the Lennox Middle School Choir and the LACoFD Pipes and Drums. A flyover from LACoFD and LASD air operations concluded the ceremony.
The event at LACoFD headquarters was one of several planned throughout the County to honor those in uniform who protect freedom and voluntarily help others in need.
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed Sept. 11 as “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m., LACoFD Command and Control will activate an “All Call” with a ceremonial message to commemorate the day.