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Observances of Sept. 11 were held at 7:30 in Fireman’s Park on this crisp, clear nearly autumn morning. Firefighters and police officers flanked the stone memorial, as Fire Chief Greg Klaiber recalled the 2,752 people “who lost their lives at the Pentagon, in the fields of Pennsylvania and at the World Trade Center. Let us never forget those brave men and women who heroically risked their lives for others.”
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, “While we mourn everyone who died, there were extraordinary heroes. There are no ordinary people who sign up to be Evanston firefighters or Evanston police officers. The citizens of Evanston are grateful for the Evanston Fire Department and the Evanston Police Department. We honor you every day for your courage.”
Fire chaplain David Jones said, “Nothing will change the events that happened 11 years ago. What has changed is that you and I have grown and learned and wondered.” A moment of silence and tolling of the bell for fallen firefighters followed Chaplain Jones’s invocation. By 7:45, police officers and firefighters were back on duty in Evanston.
— Story and photo by Mary Gavin