Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
The Guam Police and Fire Departments held a tribute this morning to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives in order to save others.
For many people, September 11, 2001, was a day that changed the world.
GFD Fire Chief Daniel C. Stone tells us how the Guam Fire Department commemorates this day to pay respects to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“The Guam Fire Department and all fire stations and rescue bases activate their lights and sirens for a full minute at 9:11 in the morning. It’s just a small way of paying our respect,” Stone said.
Dededo Police Sergeant Elizabeth Flickinger, whose police department also activated their sirens at 9:11 am and PIO for the Guam Fire Department, Kevin Reilly, shares what 9/11 means to them along with their fellow police officers and firefighters.
“Even though we don’t personally know who these police officers or these firefighters were, we still feel for them because we share the same profession. The dangers we get ourselves into, well, you know, they say that it’s part of the profession … but it’s our profession and we love what we do,” Flickinger said.
“It means everything to us. A lot of us signed up for the military and the fire department because of 9/11, myself included and it’s just … it’s something we always have to cherish and remember and respect that day,” Reilly said.