Summit County residents honor 9/11 victims during ‘We will never forget’ ceremony in Breckenridge |

Summit County residents honor 9/11 victims during ‘We will never forget’ ceremony in Breckenridge

Breckenridge public safety officials participate in a moment of silence during a "We will never forget" 9/11 ceremony Thursday at Red, White and Blue's Station 6. Pictured from left to right are, firefighter Ryan Doyle, Breckenridge police chief Shannon Haynes, Red, White and Blue Fire chief Jim Keating and deputy chief Paul Kuhn.
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The lives of firefighters have long been tied to the ringing of a bell.

Day or night, the sound of a bell signified an alarm, calling firefighters out of their stations to battle a blaze and put their lives in jeopardy for the good of their fellow man. When the fire was out, the bell would ring three times to signal the end of the emergency.

A ceremonial bell rang in the heart of Breckenridge on Thursday, Sept. 11, as about 50 Summit County residents joined Red, White and Blue firefighters and Breckenridge police officers at Station 6 on Main Street for a brief, yet solemn ceremony to remember the heroes and the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as the passengers onboard United Airlines Flight 93 who thwarted a plot to crash the airliner into the U.S. Capitol or the White House.

Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of what the St. Petersburg Times, The Boston Globe, Time magazine and others called “A new day of infamy” in American history.

The ceremony began with the honor guard presenting the American flag, which was raised to half-staff in front of the fire station. Then, there was a moment of silence as firefighter Ryan Doyle rang the ceremonial bell 13 times, one for each year since Sept. 11, 2001.

“To remember the 13 years that have passed since 9/11, 2001, we will now ring the bell 13 times,” said Red, White and Blue deputy chief Jay Nelson. “One for each of the years we will never forget.”

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