Clayton Fire Department continues tradition of honoring first responders killed on 9/11

(Photo: Beairshelle Edmé)

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Fifteen years after Sept. 11 attacks, the Clayton Fire Department continued the tradition of honoring their fellow first responders who died that day.

Sunday at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, the department rang a bell and then held a moment of silence.

The first responders, along with several community members, repeated this ceremony at Fire Station One on Horne Street for each flight that was hijacked in the terror attacks.

Jason Dean, Clayton’s deputy chief of operations, said it’s the least they can do for the fallen heroes.

“In the fire service and public safety, we join or get in this business knowing that there’s that inherited risk and there are training aspects we go through and prepare us for incidents and the willingness to go is– it’s our jobs,” he said. “Every day we put our patch, we put our uniforms on, ‘WTC 9-11-01’ is on our patch every day we put on our uniform.”

Flags at the station were also lowered to half-staff for the memorial service.

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