Firefighters pay tribute to brothers lost on 9-11

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Paying Tribute

PAYING TRIBUTE – Sonata Amara waves the American flag during the East Wise firefighters’ tribute to the first responders killed on Sept. 11. Firefighters gathered on the Farm Road 407 overpass on U.S. 81/287 Tuesday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Standing on the overpass at Farm Road 407, 18-wheelers buzz by on U.S. 81/287 below honking their horns at Sonata Amara, holding an American flag between East Wise fire apparatuses.

Amara joined a handful of the volunteer department’s members Tuesday in their annual tribute to the first responders lost Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorist attack in New York.

“We’ve done it every year since 9-11,” said East Wise Fire Chief David Plankey. “We’ve always had a good response.

“It’s about the 343 [first responders] that died that day. More than 300 have died since of cancer. The numbers keep growing. It’s all about remembering them.”

Along with their presence at the busy highway overpass with the fire trucks and American flag, firefighters also held a rappelling class. One by one they took turns rappelling off the bridge to the median.

Plankey said it’s good training for the guys.

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