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Grants Pass First Responders host 9/11 attack anniversary observance walk

Participants were invited to join in a memorial walk in remembrance of the first responders and service members who have given their all.

Posted: Sep 11, 2021 5:47 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2021 5:52 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. - This Saturday, firefighters and several other first responders got together and walked around the Allendale elementary school track, to commemorate the first responders and service members who have given their all.

This comes after the annual stair climb at the Rogue Valley Manor was canceled in light of the continuous rise in covid cases.

However, the message was still the same.

"It's in recognition of the 73 minutes between the first plane that hit and the first tower that came down," said Rural Metro Fire's division chief Austin Prince.

September 11th, 2001 is one of those days that, if you were around at the time, you vividly remember where you were when you first heard about it.

In a matter of just a few short hours, it went from an ordinary day to one few will be able to forget.

"We pretty much left the television on," said Prince of that day at the fire station 20 years ago, "It was pretty much on for the next 24-48 hours."

Two decades later, it provides an opportunity to reflect, and see how the country has been able to come together.

"I feel a lot of times where we were at 20 years after this event, that our country still is bleeding," said Williams Fire Chief Austin Prince, "and coming together as firefighters, police, officers, and veterans here today, just shows the support that we have for each other."

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