Whistler firefighters to commemorate 9/11 

Ceremony to take place at fire hall cenotaph on September 11

It's been a decade but September 11 still resonates with firefighters everywhere after watching their brothers perish beneath the crumbling towers in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on the World Trade Centre in New York

It's for that reason that the Whistler Fire Rescue Service is hosting a small ceremony at the cenotaph at 7:15 a.m. this Sunday, the very time in New York just before the north tower of the World Trade Centre collapsed in 2001.

"There's a pretty strong brotherhood in the fire department," said Kim Vertefeuille, a Whistler firefighter organizing the service. "It's like an international community. When a firefighter dies, we will typically send a Whistler guy to that funeral. It's typically a big thing for the families and the people involved.

"You want to have a huge turnout of guys dressed in their fancy blue suits, so when 343 guys die in a swoop, we tend to recognize that."

Once people are gathered before the cenotaph, there will be a moment of silence at 7:28 a.m., to commemorate the north tower collapsed. All are welcome to attend.





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