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9/11 Anniversary – stories

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

About three years ago, Chuck Wehrli said he started hearing the conspiracy theories. The retired Naperville Fire Department captain responded to New York City in the days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. Since then, each fall he talks to students at Neuqua Valley High School about his experiences among the detritus of the World Trade Center.

Each year, fewer kids remembered the day airplanes flew into the twin towers. As such, Wehrli said he hears more and more voices each year questioning whether two passenger airplanes really did fly into the Manhattan towers. This September, the students he spoke to were all of one year old when the attacks happened.

Wehrli responded as a member of a search and rescue team out of Missouri. So far, he hasn’t suffered side effects from inhaling dust that, in following years, caused serious health problems for many.

He remembered helping to pull a body from the wreckage that turned out to be a New York firefighter who gave him a patch off his hat seven years earlier.

Harder than pulling out bodies, was seeing faces of the firefighters that survived.

He makes sure to mention Dan Shanower in his presentation. The Naperville Central graduate died when a passenger jet hit the Pentagon on the same day as the attacks on the twin towers. A friend of Wehrli’s and Fairfax County firefighters found Shanower’s body in Washington D.C.

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9/11 Anniversary – stories

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Nothing could prepare them for the unthinkable. But as they stood by the rubble, a New York City fire chief introduced them to 16 acres of destruction that once was the World Trade Center. The New York chief laid out a few ground rules when the group arrived at ground zero. Only FDNY crews could move the body of one of their own.

“Your company goes and gets you and brings you out,” said Bob Hoff, now Carol Stream’s fire chief and then a district chief in Chicago,  of a point of pride in the fire service. “And that’s what New York did. They carried their own people out.”

A group of 87 firefighters from Chicago and the suburbs volunteered in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They took 10- to 12-hour shifts at ground zero and tried to sleep on the sidewalk a few blocks away. And yet, despite the emotional toll, they call it an honor, a privilege to help their friends in New York.

Outside the city’s fire academy, they packed trucks and vans with gear, saws, bottles of water. By a stroke of luck, Chicago firefighters had switched into new breathing apparatus. Hoff and his crew brought the older style, the same kind used by a New York department devastated by the loss of lives and equipment in the collapse of the twin towers.

“We’d come back from the site and go to where we were stationed, and there would be nurses there just to clear your eyes out, all the dust in your eyes,” Hoff said.

Hoff also speaks of trying to find the good after a tragedy. When he was 5, his father, a Chicago battalion chief, was killed battling a fire in an apartment building on Valentine’s Day 1962.

“You can have grief, but your life goes on. You’ve got to make something positive out of things,” Hoff said. “I know every one of those guys who were killed were probably thinking that for their families, their wives.

After five days, they headed home to Chicago. Hoff wished they “could have done more.” Schneidwind was “heartbroken” to leave. Both knew the job was far from over.

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9/11 Anniversary – stories

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lloyd Miller … watched the World Trade Center towers crumble and his future came into focus. Miller enrolled in classes to become a firefighter … and iIn 2005, he was sworn in as a Mount Prospect firefighter/paramedic.

Just as 9/11 propelled some men and women to join the military or police forces, that infamous day and the heroism shown by many at the scene inspired a new wave of interest in firefighting.

Elgin firefighter/paramedic Kanen Terry, who is one of those people. He was 18 on 9/11. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent two six-month tours of duty in the Persian Gulf. In the Navy, he says, “everyone’s a firefighter” and he learned a lot about chemical warfare and hazardous materials. That knowledge, plus a 9/11-fueled desire to help others, led him to become a firefighter in 2009.

For Christopher Clausen, Sept. 11 intensified a desire to serve others.  Clausen, a lieutenant with the Elgin Fire Department, became the first in his family to join the fire service.

For Des Plaines firefighter Kevin Murphy, 9/11 made him re-evaluate his life and consider a firefighting career.

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9/11 remembrance ceremony – North Maine FPD

The North Maine Fire Protection District received a section of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage and unveiled it on Sunday at a memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks to date on US soil. The artifact was incorporated into an existing 9/11 memorial in the Ridgewood Cemetery on Milwaukee Avenue.

Tim  Olk attended the event and submitted these images.

North Maine Fire Protection District 9/11 memorial ceremony world trade center steel

Members of the North maine FPD honor guard stand by the department's 9/11 memorial which was unveiled at a ceremony on Sunday. Tim Olk photo

North Maine Fire Protection District 9/11 memorial ceremony world trade center steel

The 9/11 memorial which features a section of steel from the World Trade Center collapse was incorporated into an existing 9/11 memorial that features granite benches along a lake providing an area for quiet reflection. Tim Olk photo

A gallery with more images can be viewed HERE.

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9/11 remembrance ceremony – Lake Forest Fire Department

The Lake Forest Fire Department and the Lake Forest Police Department held a special remembrance ceremony on Sunday to remember the deaths of 2977 people including the 343 uniformed members of the FDNY, 23 members of the NYPD, and the 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department.

The event was held at the Market Square in downtown Lake Forest. Aerials from Lake Forest and Knollwood were crossed over the square and supported an American flag. The ceremony featured several speakers and a bell ringing ceremony.

Tim Olk was at the ceremony and submitted several images.

Lake Forest 9/11 remembrance ceremony 10th anniversary

Knollwood and Lake Forest aerials were extended and crossed over the Market Square in Lake Forest where a ceremony took place to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest remembrance ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

An honor guard made up of Lake Forest police officers and firefighters march the colors into the ceremony. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest remembrance ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The honor guard prepares to post the colors as uniformed members of the police and fire departments stand on either side of the fountain. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest 9/11 remembrance ceremony 10th anniversary

Uniformed members from Lake Forest and Knollwood stand in formation during the ceremony. Tim Olk photo

Tim Olk was at the ceremony and submitted several images.

Lake Forest Fire Chief Jeffrey Howell addressed the assembled firefighters and guests. Tim Olk photo

Tim Olk was at the ceremony and submitted several images.

Local residents attended the ceremony and this young man took the opportunity to show his patriotism. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest remembrance ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The ceremony was attended by several retired Lake Forest firefighters. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest 9/11 remembrance ceremony 10th anniversary

A traditional bell ringing ceremony was part of the program. Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest 9/11 remembrance ceremony 10th anniversary

The Lake Forest mayor is the owner of this refurbished 1977 Seagrave P-series engine that formerly saw service in McCook. The engine was on display at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Tim Olk photo

McCook Fire Department 1979 Seagrave engine

The engine owned by the Lake Forest mayor used to be painted yellow as seen here when it belonged to McCook. Bill Friedrich photo

A gallery with many images can be viewed HERE.

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9/11 symphonic band concert in Buffalo Grove with 9/11 remembrance

The Village of Buffalo Grove, the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, and the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission had a public concert to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the devastating attacks that occurred on 9/11/01 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. They invited several guest speakers and asked the Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department Honor Guard to take part in the event. In between songs played by the band, there was mention of the attacks by Congressman Robert Dold and a US Army General who began his remarks saying that the events of 9/11 were a tragic accident.

Fortunately, the honor guard was present along with a bagpiper to remind those in attendance of the sacrifice and significance of the first responders and those that were killed. The fire department also incorporated a bell ringing ceremony which included Amazing Grace played by a member of the Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band and Drum Band.

Larry Shapiro attended the event had submitted several images.

 

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department Honor Guard are joined by local Boy Scouts as they prepare to post the colors at the concert. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

The American and State of Illinois flags cross prior to the colors being posted. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

Members of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department Honor Guard perform a bell ringing ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

A bagpiper played Amazing Grace in conjunction with the bell ringing ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

Audience members that have served in any branch of the US military were acknowledged and thanked for service to their country. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department 9/11 remembrance

The second half of the assembled honor guard and Boy Scouts prepares to retrieve the colors at the end of the concert. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images can be viewed HERE.

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9/11 remembrance ceremony – Park Ridge Fire Department

The Park Ridge Fire and Police Departments had a memorial ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The event took place at Maine West High School on the corner of Dempster and Potter. There were several speakers on the agenda as well as the arrival of an artifact from the World Trade Center that was given to the city. The Chicago Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band along with the police and fire department honor guard escorted the steel beam into the ceremony. The artifact was in the bed of Park Ridge Engine 35 covered with an American flag and was treated in a manner to honor those who were killed that day. The honor guard carried the flag draped beam to the stage and kept a constant watch throughout the day to allow visitors to view the artifact.

Larry Shapiro attended the ceremony and submitted several images.

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

Members of the fire and police honor guard drape the steel beam with an American flag as they make final preparations before the 9/11 anniversary ceremony begins. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

The Chicago Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band leads a somber processional down Potter Road as they escort the World Trade Center steel to the ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

Following the pipe and drum band is the combined police/fire honor guard, a squad car, and an engine serving as a caisson with the steel beam. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

Members of the honor guard walk on each side of the engine as it approaches the assembled visitors and dignitaries. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

The engine carrying the steel with members of the honor guard. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

The flag draped steel is carried to the front steps of the high school where it will rest during the ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute from the Park Ridge VFW color guard. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

A bell ringing ceremony recognized the first responders that were killed. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

A local resident performed taps to complete the bell ringing ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

The honor guard stands watch over the beam during ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

Park Ridge 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony and ground zero artifact

As the ceremony concluded, the honor guard folded the flag which was used to cover the 9/11 artifact. Larry Shapiro photo

 

More images can be viewed HERE.

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9/11 remembrance ceremony – Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD

On Saturday, September 10th, The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD held a ceremony recognizing the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. As part of the event, the fire district unveiled a memorial in front of the headquarters station which includes a piece of steel from ground zero at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.

Larry Shapiro was at the ceremony and submitted several images.

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Several speakers addressed the gathering at the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD headquarters station on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Larry Shapiro photo

 

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Many residents and family members attended the 9/11 ceremony on Saturday as a large flag suspended from the aerial flew overhead. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Members of the honor guard lowered the flag to half mast at the exact time that each of the towers collapsed 10 years ago. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

A bell ringing ceremony was part of the remembrance. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

The memorial incorporating steel from ground zero was unveiled towards the end of the ceremony. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony 9/11 artifact

The beam rests on a brick pedestal with a commemorative plaque. Larry Shapiro

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

The bronze plaque depicts all three of the sites where Americans were killed on 9/11/01. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnshire-Riverwodds FPD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

On the opposite side a custom brick honors the 343 members of the FDNY that died at ground zero. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images can be viewed HERE.

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Elgin firefighter restores keepsake for FDNY

John Tobin, a firefighter in Elgin, was one of many local area firefighters who went to New York after the 9/11 attacks to dig through the rubble searching for the remains of those who perished. Some time ago, after he found an FDNY ladder in a junkyard in Wisconsin, he decided to create a keepsake for the Queens company (Ladder 125) that had used that rig. The Daily Herald has a story HERE about the project with several photos.

When Elgin firefighter John Tobin noticed an old New York Fire Department firetruck sitting in a junkyard in New London, Wis., he knew he could transform it into something special.

For the past few months — with help from friends, local companies and fellow firefighters — Tobin has restored the front section (known as the “nose”) of the firetruck.

He had it professionally repainted, got its lights and siren to work again, and made it into a special keepsake for the New York Fire Department firehouse in Queens where it had been used.

New York firefighter Louis Nicolisi, who works in the Queens firehouse where Tobin’s project is headed, said they plan to use it as a display piece in the TV room, next to other historic items they’ve collected over the years.

“The guys are excited that some of our history is coming back,” Nicolisi said. “It’s fabulous what John’s done. He’s definitely a man with a big heart. As we get farther and farther away from 9/11, it’s a touching thing to see that another brother, halfway across the country, thinks about us enough to remember everyone who lost their lives on 9/11.”

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9/11 Anniversary – reminders

Lincolnshire Riverwoods 9/11 remembrance

The fire department will be unveiling their WTC memorial as well. LRFPD acquired a steel beam from the WTC and will be unveiling their memorial to those who perished that day.

 

9/11 Stair Climb in Chicago

 

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