ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland firefighters and residents gathered here Friday to remember the heroic efforts of the New York City firefighters who responded to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center 14 years ago.
A ceremony was held inside the bay of the Rockland fire station as heavy rains fell outside where a 9/11 monument was erected three years ago by the Rockland crew.
Rockland City Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf pointed out that these first responders rushed into scenes of chaos and death as others were running away.
Rockland firefighter and emergency medical technician Chris Whytock reminded those who gathered that not only did 343 firefighters die on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed as the crews were trying to rescue people, but 109 have died since then from illnesses related to having been in the smoke and rubble. He said each month, more of those first responders are dying.
Members of the local American Legion also participated in the 9/11 event Friday at the fire station.