Macon County Chronicle

West Macon Rescue Squad to Hold 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Ceremony

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 quickly approaching, West Macon Rescue Squad has decided to honor those who were killed in the line of duty, during the deadliest act of terrorism to ever strike our beloved country.

It has been 10 years since the tragedies struck the United States on September 11, 2001, and with memories of that fateful day still in our hearts and minds, perhaps it’s time to revisit them. On Sunday morning, September 11th, 2011, a ceremony honoring the nearly 3,000 victims, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics, will be hosted by the squad at the Frito Lay building, located on Highway 52 West, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Some people may have only a limited space in memory, but this record can’t be erased and we need to remember the day these people never came home. Agencies scheduled to attend include: Sumner County Sheriffs Department, Gallatin Police Department, Westmoreland Police Department, Westmoreland Fire Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Macon County EMS, West Macon Rescue and Air Evac. Channel 5 News has also been invited.

“When I asked my captain, Thomas O’Saile, what we could do here to honor our fallen brothers and sisters,” said 2nd Lieutenant Kimmy Warf, “we decided in light of the 10th anniversary of this tragedy we would invite the community to become involved, as we remember the day that changed our lives forever. Everyone should be at the Frito Lay building on Highway 52, near Westside Elementary School, by 7:30 a.m. and bring lawn chairs and your kids. It will be loud, but when the three planes crashed at 8:45 a.m., 9:05 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., we will give it everything we’ve got and hopefully we will bring the house down, as we salute our wonderful country and honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day ten years ago.”

“We will all be dressed in our official uniforms, as we pay our respects, and we want everyone to enjoy the ceremony. So please remember to attend the 9/11 event on Sunday, September 11th, and everything should be wrapped up by 10 a.m. in time to still attend church services. See you then!”

Parking will be limited, and if you park on the side of the highway, make sure you are off the road.