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Portland Firefighters Travel to New York to Help in Honoring 343 Brethren


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This past Saturday, several off-duty Portland firefighters joined firefighters from across the country gathered at Manhattan, New York, and around St Patrick's Cathedral for a memorial service for their brethren killed in the 9/11 attacks.

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The Honor Guard marched down Fifth Avenue and into the church, carrying 343 flags that represented each of the firefighters who died on 9/11.  Speakers during the ceremony included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

Left to right: Portland Firefighters Gordon Hartung, Jonathan Harrel, and Tommy Schroeder, Portland Lieutenant Jeromy Paul, Portland Firefighters Andy Ligatich and Jesse Robison, Portland Lieutenant Justin DeRuyter, Portland Firefighter Mark Cole, former FDNY now Portland Firefighter Michael Sheridan, and Portland Firefighter Seth Prince

A Portland firefighter noted, “It was a fitting tribute to salute our fallen colleagues.  We know that if it had happened in Portland, we would have run into that building too. Firefighters across the United States would have been here for us now.”

Another Portland firefighter said, “This makes me proud to be American and proud to be a firefighter.”

The ceremony was a part of a weekend of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that devastated America in 2001.

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