Folsom locals remember Sept. 11 terror attacks

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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FOLSOM, CA - Residents, city officials and public safety personnel gathered at Folsom’s annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony to recall the significance of the tragic day. The ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial in Folsom’s City Park and honored those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks. “Today and everyday let us honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001,” said Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. The ceremony featured members of the Folsom Police and Fire Departments, Mayor Kerri Howell, Vice Mayor Ernie Sheldon and Council Members Jeff Starsky and Steve Miklos. The Folsom High School jazz choir sang the national anthem. “I’m sure we all know where we were when it happened 11 years ago,” Howell said. “I think it’s important to remember ... how many first responders helped save people and how many people lost their lives on that day. It’s important to remember how many billions of people this day affected.” Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips spoke on the importance of remembering the unity of the day. “On this 11th year, the Folsom Fire Department wants to remind you to remember the 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Phillips. “To reunite, simply means to bring people together, so today we reunite the community to not forget what we lost that day. The men and women of the Folsom Fire Department are committed to serve and care for our community.” Fire Division Chief John Haberek rang the bell to signify a time-honored tradition in the fire service. A gun salute followed the bell ringing. “Throughout most of history, the life of a firefighter has been closely associated with the ringing of a bell inside the fire station,” said Phillips. “The Bell Ceremony of ringing the bell in sequence of 5-5-5 is a tribute to the life and service provided by firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.” Along with about 50 other community members, Ateeq Ahmed, volunteer for the Muslim Community of Folsom organization, attended the remembrance ceremony. “We are out here to show our support in solidarity on this important event,” Ahmed said. “We are thankful to all of our Folsom personnel who serve and protect us day in and day out. We are all in this together.”