GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – To begin the 20th year of remembrance, Grand Junction Fire Department struck a a bell three times. “Three strikes of the bell three times actually signifies the passing of a firefighter who has given their life in the line of duty,” Gus Hendricks, Deputy Chief of Grand Junction Fire Department said.
For the 20th anniversary of September 11th, three rings of a bell three times represents the end of service for the 343 firefighters that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In remembrance, a new piece of functional memorial art will be displayed, but also incorporated in memorial events for years to come.
Traditionally, the Grand Junction Fire Department and first responders across the country, remember the tragic event on 9/11 by climbing several hundreds of steps in full gear. With the new functioning memorial, fire crews will be able to use the equipment displayed to continue this tradition.
“With this memorial that was built, it will be able to hold that hose and it will memorialize each of those firefighters in that time and then each incoming recruit academy will have the opportunity to acknowledge those firefighters and use that same hose for their evolutions in the tower,” Deputy Chief Hendricks said.
To honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the most recent recruits of the Grand Junction fire academy dedicated their yearly project to the men and women who lost their lives, but turning the project into reality was a challenge a local welding company was honored to take.
“It was a kind of moving memorial in more than one way,” Nickalaus Clemmer, Clemmer Welding said, “that everyone will have the opportunity to not only see it, but remember and experience the emotions they felt on that day and to also know that it is impacting their local community in a way that firefighters will be able to use it and learn from it.”
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