SFFD to honor 9/11 firefighters with minute of silence

Firefighters across San Francisco will assemble in front of station flagpoles today to listen to fire-engine bells ring at 6:59 a.m. — the exact moment the south tower of the World Trade Center fell six years ago today.

With fire engines flanking the driveways of all 42 stations in The City, flags will be lowered to half-staff and a minute of silence will be observed. Fire chiefs and high-ranking officers will then read the names of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The citywide ceremony is a tradition the San Francisco Fire Department has kept alive since the Sept. 11, 2001, catastrophe. Many San Francisco firefighters knew emergency responders who died that day and traveled to New York City to help in the recovery effort, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

“In this particular career, there is a brotherhood and a sisterhood type of thing,” she said. “Every year is a very solemn time for us.”

arocha@examiner.com

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