Santa Maria firefighters honor those who died in 9/11

Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 18:33:20-04

9/11 remembrance ceremonies were held at each fire station in the City of Santa Maria Tuesday morning.

Flags were lowed to half-staff, fire engine horns were blasted, and those attending the ceremonies paused for one minute of silent reflection.

"17 years ago today, America experienced one of the most devastating and tragic losses in our history. We stop to reflect and pay tribute to the thousands of lives that were lost, including the 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement personnel who perished while trying to save others. Today we stand united, and we stand stronger than ever with our brothers and sisters in public safety," said Santa Maria Fire Department Chief Leonard Champion.

"I think it’s really important that we pass on the sacrifices of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, especially for the first responders that went into those towers and out to the Pentagon and saved so many lives," said Captain Jim Clayton of the Santa Maria Fire Department.

Flags at Santa Maria fire stations will be lowered until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in remembrance of 9/11.

Members of the public who attended Tuesday’s ceremony were also invited to meet with firefighters and tour the stations.