New Haven's Police, Fire, and EMS personnel honor those who lost their lives on 9/11

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On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks a memorial service was held by members of New Haven's Police, Fire, and EMS personnel yesterday at The New Haven/Berger Firehouse to honor the men and women who died sacrificing their lives in order to save others.

It was touching service beginning with members of the American Legion Color Guard followed by New Haven Police, Fire, and EMS personnel.  The ceremony began with Rich Ruegge, Steve Gerling, John Plummer, and Clyde Ruegge singing the National Anthem.

EMS Chief Chris Miller gave the opening remarks, first a remembrance of the lives lost in the towers as well as each sector of all the emergency responders who died in the line of duty.

John Plummer (pictured to the left) followed with a touch and moving prayer “…And as the memories of that day flood our thoughts we are reminded of the innocent lives that we lost in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC, and we pray that the loved ones left behind will be comforted knowing that millions are sharing in their grief, sorrow, and pain.  We lift up to you, Father, the heroes of that day, The Emergency medical personnel, the police officers, firefighters and countless others who gave their lives trying to save others without regard for their own safety and may it be through these acts of strength, determination, and courage that would inspire those here today to continue in the capacity that you have called them to..."

Ralph Williams rang the fire bell 45 times, signifying the fire code "555" three times. Five-five-five meant there had been a death in the department.

Pictured right: Ralph Williams ringing the bell.

After the final ring of the bell, Amazing Grace was played with bagpipes followed by taps (played by Samantha Menke) as the color guard filed out concluding New Haven’s Finest remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives.