Remembering 9-11

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Madison Township police and firefighters march at the beginning of the 9-11 Memorial Service held at Motts Military Museum in Groveport on Sept. 11. “Our goal is to never let anyone forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts. The service was held in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and United Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
The Madison Township Color Guard presenting the colors.
Madison Township Fire Department Lt. Jeremy Irwin and firefighter Chris Shaffer present the 9-11 Memorial Wreath.
Peter “Dan” Burrill (left) and Dan Kockensparger, who were the guest speakers at the service, place the Memorial Wreath in front of the damaged Ladder Truck 18 from the Fort Pitt Fire Station from the Fire Department of New York, which was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001 and is now part of the Motts Military Museum collection. Kockensparger, who served 33 years with the Upper Arlington Fire Department and who was deployed to the World Trade Center collapse with Ohio Task Force One, said when he arrived in New York in 2001 the scene at World Trade Center site was “beyond what the mind could comprehend. Despite the passing of 17 years, the images remain vivid.” Burrill was a member of the Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance Team 1 that traveled to New York after the attacks. Burrill described the aftermath of the attacks as an “overwhelming scene and he recalled treating a tall, strong recovery worker who had received a deep, four inch gash on his arm. Burrill said the man told him, “You’ve got five minutes to sew me up or else bandage me up fast because I’m going back out on the pile to work.” “There are things I’ll never forget,” said Burrill. “It’s important to remember that bonds are built during traumatic events.”
Madison Township Fire Department retired Capt. Steve Arms and firefighter Jason Loucks ring a bell in tribute to those who fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
Madison Township trustees Ed Dildine (left) and John Pritchard view the damaged Ladder Truck 18 from the Fort Pitt Fire Station from the Fire Department of New York. The truck was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001 and is part of the collection of 9-11 artifacts located at Motts Military Museum. The museum possesses the second largest collection of 9-11 artifacts in the country next to New York.
The damaged Ladder Truck 18 from the Fort Pitt Fire Station in New York.
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