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Last Friday, Sept. 11, Evanston firefighters and police officers recalled their comrades slain in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Color guards from the fire and police departments presented the flags; Jean Sapper led the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz addressed the group of about 50 persons who gathered at Fire Station #1 for the memorial.
Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky gave introductory and closing remarks for the ceremony, which included an invocation by Father Ken Simpson and
a benediction by Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein. Read at the program were potions of the
Policeman’s Prayer and the Fireman’s Prayer:
Policemanâ³ Prayer and the Firemanâ³ Prayer:“”… Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
But let me hold my patience, let each man have his say. …””
– Policeman’s Prayer
“”… Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. …””
– Fireman’s Prayer