Caribou Fire Department Holds Ceremony on 19th Anniversary of 9/11

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 8:19 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - It was on this day in 2001 when nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in one of the worst acts of terrorism the country has ever experienced. Today, first responders and law enforcement gathered in Caribou for a ceremony to remember this fateful day. News Source 8′s Anna Soderberg was there and has more.

A moment of silence was held at 9:59 AM this morning to honor the lives lost 19 years ago today. Scott Susi is the fire chief in Caribou. He says the tribute this year was a bit smaller due to the pandemic; however just as important as years prior.

“Every year we do a 9/11 memorial, this year we toned it down a little bit due to governors' constraints and COVID fears. But the memorial, just like COVID we do it because it was unexpected. We didn’t expect a pandemic this year and in 2001 we didn’t expect we’d have terrorist attacks. So, I thought it was very important that we continued on with our tradition here at Caribou Fire and show the resilience of what public safety people do every day and to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives that day.”

Susi says no matter what community you serve, the job for public safety workers is the same.

“It’s a brotherhood of public safety workers, we’re all working for our communities, it’s time that’s dedicated to the citizens of every community and every town across the United States. No matter if you’re in New York or in Caribou Maine, the job is the same as a fire fighter, the same as a police officer, every day that they go to work, they’re serving their communities.”

Susi says this ceremony in Caribou will continue to be held for years to come.

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