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Reverent observance remembers 'braves souls that perished in 9/11'

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, September 11, 2017

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Boiling Springs Fire District firefighters present the U.S. and South Carolina state flag.
 
 

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Boiling Springs Fire District firefighters present the U.S. and South Carolina state flag.

 

 



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A dove is petted before it was released, “to represent all the brave souls that perished in 9/11.”
 
 

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A dove is petted before it was released, “to represent all the brave souls that perished in 9/11.”

 

 



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The BSFD 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Plaza has a steel beam from one of the former twin towers at the  World Trade Center.
 
 

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The BSFD 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Plaza has a steel beam from one of the former twin towers at the  World Trade Center.

 

 



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A firefighter's gear is placed at the front of the guests.
 

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A firefighter's gear is placed at the front of the guests.

 



A reverent observance of the 16th anniversary of 9/11 was held at the Boiling Springs Fire District Monday. Steady rain and wind from Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm, forced the program indoors.

The BSFD 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Plaza has a steel beam from the World Trade Center.

“That was a day of great emotions,” Pastor Patrick Clark of Pelham First Baptist Church said of the series of four coordinated terrorist attacks in the U.S. “We memorialize them. We shall never forget.”

Clark was referring to about 3,000 people killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center twin towers. The 343 firefighters and 72 police was the deadliest day for first responders.

Among those attending the observance was Andrea Schechter, who moved to Greenville from just outside New York City. Her son, Stuart, is a firefighter with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

“We used to take (Stuart) to the fire station as a kid and I think that really made an impact on him,” Schechter said.

Steve Boehm, a retired fire marshal from New York City, made his annual appearance and released a dove, “to represent all the brave souls that perished in 9/11.”

 

 

 

 

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