9-11 ceremony for MRFD

Firefighters in Maple Ridge will be hold a ceremony on Sunday

  • Sep. 8, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Firefighters in Maple Ridge will be hold a ceremony on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives a decade ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Flags will be lowered at 9:59 a.m., the minute when the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York began to collapse.

Sunday is also a day to remember Canadian firefighters who died on the job.

“It’s reminded us of what we do,” said Maple Ridge assistant fire chief Howard Exner.

“While 343 firefighters died in New York on that particular day, across the United States and Canada everyday firefighters willingly put themselves in a position where they may not go home at the end of the day. It gives us a day to reflect on people who have passed away – both locally, provincially and nationally.”

Eight firefighters from Pitt Meadows will head to the Sumas border crossing in Abbotsford for another ceremony to remember the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Canadians firefighters, as well as police officers, paramedics and other law enforcement personnel will march across the border to join the Americans for the event.

“Sept. 11 changed the way we, as citizens, enjoy life,” said Pitt Meadows assistant fire chief Rob Chatton, who will attend the Sumas ceremony. “We need to honour the individuals who lost their lives that day.”

• The ceremony in Maple Ridge will take place at Fire Hall 1 on Brown Avenue at Dewdney Trunk Road. It begins at 9:59 a.m. on Sunday.