Early on the morning of September 11, 2018, a handful of members from the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company arrived at Station Number 1 on Loudoun Street. Some wore formal uniforms, some were dressed for duty crew, and all felt a somber weight upon them. The normal fire house chatter was missing as the firefighters prepared to leave - It was time once again to commemorate the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
9/11 means different things to different people. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news because what happened that day changed us forever. For many it was sorrow for a loved one, friend or relative lost in New York City, on a plane in Shanksville, PA., at the Pentagon, or in the wars that followed. In the fire service, we remember the immense grief of losing 343 of our Brother firefighters when the Twin Towers collapsed. As first responders we also remember the 71 law enforcement members, 8 EMT’s and one member of the FDNY Fire Patrol who lost their lives in the attack. Since then, hundreds of first responders have died of injuries, disease, and suicide related to 9/11, all who shall not be forgotten.