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Firefighters, citizens recall terror, sacrifices on 9/11/2001

Watching a video depicting the 9/11 terror attacks during Warrensburg's annual Sept. 11 Memorial ceremony held Tuesday evening are (left to right): Kyle Bennett, Ashley DeMarsh, Dan DeMarsh, Jackie Nelson and Daalten DeMarsh. Nearly a dozen fire companies and more than 300 people participated in the ceremony that honors the citizens who died in the attacks and the emergency responders who saved many thousands of lives while risking or losing their own.

Watching a video depicting the 9/11 terror attacks during Warrensburg's annual Sept. 11 Memorial ceremony held Tuesday evening are (left to right): Kyle Bennett, Ashley DeMarsh, Dan DeMarsh, Jackie Nelson and Daalten DeMarsh. Nearly a dozen fire companies and more than 300 people participated in the ceremony that honors the citizens who died in the attacks and the emergency responders who saved many thousands of lives while risking or losing their own. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The volunteer fire companies of Chestertown, Lake George, Bolton Landing, Stony Creek, Thurman, Horicon, Pottersville, Garnet Lake, Johnsburg, and North River participated in the ceremony. Area ambulance squads, including Warrensburg Emergency Medical Services, were also represented. The 90 or so firefighters stood either in formal uniforms, or in soot-stained turnout gear that bore witness to their service.

Those attending seemed transfixed as they watched a video, depicting scenes from the horror-filled day 12 years earlier, showing stunned and panicked New Yorkers covered in soot, as well as firefighters ushering people to safety. It was followed up with a patriotic video of soldiers on duty, emphasizing the resolve of the U.S. to defend itself from tyrants.

The Horicon Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary provided refreshments that were served after the ceremony.

Nancy Barrow of the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church offered the invocation and benediction. The Warrensburg High School Band played several patriotic selections.

Event emcee Kevin Geraghty, President of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., closed the ceremony praising those attending for remembering, year after year, the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in the terror attacks.

“You always remember,” he said as the rainstorm bore down on Warrensburg, noting the fire company was committed to honoring, in the years to come, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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