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Area emergency responders remember 9/11

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By Sarah Bennett

Hardin County law enforcement and emergency responders gathered Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 for a brief ceremony in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11 as the 10th anniversary draws closer.

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“We must not ever forget that day, especially the sacrifices made by all those who gave their lives that day,” EFD chief Mike Hulsey said.

About 35 people attended the ceremony, most of them being officials from EFD and Elizabethtown Police Department. Several other community events are planned this week around the county.

Of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers and Pentagon, 343 were firefighters, 60 police officers and eight emergency medical technicians, Hulsey said, all of whom were not present at the towers before the attacks.

“They willingly came and were trying to do their duty in rescuing as many people as possible from those terrible attacks on our nation,” he said.

Both Hulsey and EPD Chief Tracy Schiller encouraged members of the community to take a moment this week to reflect on the sacrifice emergency responders made that day as well as the sacrifices they make every day.

“I personally do not believe there is a grander call than the service to others, and I also do not think there are many things in life that give you the opportunity to do that in such a great way as the professions we hold,” Schiller said.

Also in attendance was Mayor Tim Walker, who asked that everyone take a moment this week to thank a member of law enforcement, fire, emergency service or armed services.

“All of them put their lives on the line every day for our freedom that we experience,” he said. “If you have a chance, thank someone this week. Thank them for what they do and the sacrifices they make.”

SCHEDULED 9/11 EVENTS

FRIDAY

  • 8 a.m. Balloon release at Woodland Elementary, 6000 Woodland Drive in Radcliff
  • 9 a.m. Flag ceremony at Meadow View Elementary, 1255 West Vine St. in Radcliff.

SUNDAY

  • 8 a.m. Memorial at Glendale Community Park on Ky. 222 in Glendale.
  • 8:30 a.m. Unveiling of Fort Knox 9/11 monument at Fire Station 1 on post
  • 8:46 a.m. Tunnel to Tower Run at Radcliff Square Shopping Center on East Lincoln Trail Boulevard
  • 2 p.m. 9/11 monument dedication at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central on North Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff
  • 5 p.m. Memorial service at Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown
  • 6 p.m. “America, We Must Not Forget” musical tribute at The Music Ranch on South Street in West Point
  • 7 p.m. Concert tribute at Eastman Amphitheater at Fort Knox

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.