Tonawanda News — Afterward, Chaplain Rick Oates read the Firefighters 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my chief; he has chosen me to serve," followed by the tolling of a fire-truck bell by Chaplain Tim Newman.
A moment of silence was observed at 9:59 a.m., the moment the South World Trade Center tower fell followed by the benediction by Chaplain Jeremy Lopez.
The attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and aboard United Airlines Flight 93 resulted in the deaths of 2,996 people, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. Among that number were 340 firefighters, a chaplain and two paramedics from the New York City Fire Department, 23 officers from the New York City Police Department and 37 officers from the Port Authority Police Department.
City Fire Chief Charles Stuart said that, as time passes, it's important to remember the sacrifices made that day.
"People forget. Life goes on," he said. "For us, it's personal."