CHICO, Calif. - Today we remember, the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were lost during the tragic 9/11 attacks.
Dozens gathered at Chico Fire Station 5, to hold a memorial service to remember and honor those who lost their lives, 17 years ago.
The ceremony began with the sirens of a Chico fire engine.
A group of firefighters marched in formation to the memorial, joining in a circle with their fellow firefighters, as well as many local residents who came out for the service.
Chico Fire Captain Mike Murphy reminisced on where he was and how he felt on this day 17 years ago.
"I watched it on TV," Murphy said. "When it happened I knew firefighters. I've been trained by some of the guys that were killed. My hero was killed that day, Patty Brown, it was a double whammy for an American and for a firefighter to experience."
Murphy went to New York the November following the 9/11 attacks.
"The city of Chico raised $25,000 and we took it to station two," Murphy said.
Murphy also had the opportunity to walk in the St. Patrick's Day parade with the New York City firefighters who were on the scene during the tragedy.
"I walked in the St. Patricks Day parade early the next year with the firefighters and those experiences could never be copied and are really special to me," he said.
Division Chief Wes Metroka said anybody who's in the fire service, as well as any American, can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment of the terrorist attack.
"For us, it's September 11, always remember where we were at that time," Metroka said.
The ceremony ended with a moment of silence and the ringing of the silver bell.
"As we say we'll never forget what happened and we'll always remember those that were lost," Metroka said.
The Chico Fire Department will continue to remember those who lost their lives through their annual memorial service.
This terrible tragedy is something that will always be remembered. Not only remembering the innocent lives that were lost, but also the 343 New York City firefighters who died and will never be forgotten.
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