MONROE COUNTY, FL – September 11 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States which claimed the lives of 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others at the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
On September 11, 2001, in addition to law enforcement officers, medical service providers, and other public servants, 343 firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice to help others.
“For the fire service community, September 11th is a day of remembrance and a day to acknowledge the bold and brave actions of all men and women who make a commitment to public service above personal safety,” said Chief James Callahan. “Monroe County Fire Rescue’s commitment to public service is greatly appreciated by me, the Fire Rescue staff, county administration, and the residents and visitors of the great Florida Keys. Let us never forget.”
Monroe County Fire Rescue invites the public to join, if wearing mask or to observe from their cars or a safe distance, at any of the Monroe County Fire Rescue stations on Sept. 11 to reflect on the lives lost.
09:50 a.m. – Primary apparatus brought out of the station bay.
09:59 – Time of the South Tower WTC collapse, sound apparatus air horn in three sets of five blasts followed by one minute of silence.
10:00 – Station flag lowered to half-mast.
10:00 to 10:28 – Time for personal remembrance and reflection.
10:28 – Time of the North Tower WTC collapse, sound apparatus air horn in three sets of five blasts followed by one minute of silence.
10:29 – Flag raised.
10:30 – Return apparatus to station and resume normal duties.
During the remembrance, normal emergency response actions will be observed.
Station 8 – Stock Island, 5655 MacDonald Avenue, MM 5
Station 9 – Big Coppitt, 28 Emerald Drive, MM 10
Station 10 – Sugarloaf, 17175 Overseas Highway, MM 17
Station 11 – Cudjoe, 20950 Overseas Highway, MM 20
Station 13 – Big Pine, 390 Key Deer Boulevard, MM 30.5
Station 17 – Conch Key, 10 S Conch Avenue, MM 63
Station 18 – Layton, 68260 Overseas Highway, MM 68.5
Station 22 – Tavernier, 151 Marine Avenue, MM 92
Monroe County Fire Rescue will be honoring those who lost their lives in 9/11 at each of the eight stations starting at 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 11. The public is welcome to join. If joining, please follow COVID-19 safety precautions of social distancing and or wearing a mask.