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Watch: Henderson Fire Department holds 20th 9/11 anniversary ceremony

Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 7:29 AM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The Henderson Fire Department hosted its annual 9/11 ceremony to honor the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attack.

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The ceremony started at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighter Nicholas Mangarella is the guest speaker.

He was at Ground Zero shortly after the north tower fell 20 years ago.

Mangarella began his career as a fireman in New Jersey, and played a huge role in the search and recovery efforts.

He and his unit spent eight days helping in the search for victims.

During Saturday’s ceremony, the Henderson Firefighter’s Honor Guard tolled a bell to recognize those lost on that tragic, fateful morning.

“It is something that we need to never forget,” Henderson Fire Chief Scott Foreman said. “So many people gave their lives that day, both innocent civilians to public safety personnel. I’m sure it’s surreal for them, and it’s something that is hard to talk about. Firefighters deal with post-traumatic stress, anyway. Anybody involved in that was affected by what they saw, what they heard. Even the radio traffic, can you imagine calling your brothers and sisters? You know where you sent them. You know what assignment you gave them, and they’re not answering you anymore.”

The HFD Starlite Station has a permanent 9/11 memorial on site, which includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

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