“9/11 is a serious reminder of what our commitment should be to the people we serve,”said Fire Chief Paul de Anda.
On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, Somerton/Cocopah firefighters paused to remember the lives lost that fateful day.
“9/11 for all firer departments should be a somber day of reflection in which each firefighter has to meditate on the willingness to make sacrifices including the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the greater good,” said Fire Chief Paul De Anda.
An estimated 3,000 people were killed Sept. 11, 2001, when Middle East terrorists, mostly from Saudi Arabia, hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and in Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew of that last flight overpowered the hijackers and diverted the aircraft from Washington D.C.
Among those killed that day, 343 firefighters died in the line of duty.
Somerton/Cocopah firefighters lowered the flag to half-staff in remembrance of the fallen firefighters.
“9/11 is a serious reminder of what our commitment should be to the people we serve,” De Anda said.