Brewer church to honor local first responders at 9/11 ceremony

Walter Shannon (left) and Ricky Goodwin secure a sign above steel from the World Trade Center before joining a procession of fire and police vehicles in the Dysart's parking lot and taking the artifacts to their new home at the Brewer public safety building in 2008.
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Walter Shannon (left) and Ricky Goodwin secure a sign above steel from the World Trade Center before joining a procession of fire and police vehicles in the Dysart's parking lot and taking the artifacts to their new home at the Brewer public safety building in 2008.
Posted Sept. 08, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 09, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — Brewer first responders are part of a brotherhood of emergency personnel who are forever tied to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, while trying to help those caught in New York City’s doomed World Trade Center towers.

The Calvary Baptist Church will host a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday to honor those who died during the terrorist attacks a decade ago and those who continue to serve, the Rev. Roger Davis, Brewer Police Department’s chaplain, said in a press release.

“We want to remember the sacrifice of so many brave men and woman who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way 10 years ago,” he said. “Their courage and sacrifice is worthy of our respect.”

Secondly, “we want to reorient our focus from the past to the present and recognize those who daily accept the responsibility for protecting the citizens, businesses and visitors of the city of Brewer,” said Davis, who has worked with the Police Department for five years.

The 9-11 anniversary ceremony is an effort to honor all the first responders who serve the city, he said.

The ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the new performing arts center at the Brewer Community School on Parkway South.

Firefighters from all over Maine — including Brewer — volunteered to go to New York after the twin towers fell, but the National Association of Firefighters sent out a message that put them in a holding pattern because of the influx of volunteers.

The Brewer Public Safety Building has three pieces of the World Trade Center’s twin towers on display to honor all who lost their lives on that fateful day 10 years ago.

The largest World Trade Center relic on display in Brewer is an 18-foot-long section of a steel beam that still bears the yellow stenciled lettering it had when it was installed during the towers’ construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is displayed in the Fire Department’s truck bay.

A smaller section of beam is housed in the new Public Safety Building’s small museum, and the third piece, part of the towers’ aluminum exterior, is displayed on the Police Department side of the complex.

“There is an intense camaraderie among our first responders that results in a close identification with the loss of any of their brothers or sisters, regardless of their geographic location,” Davis said in the press release. “The loss of so many firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMTs on 9/11/01 was a source of deep grief among all of our nation’s first responders,” including those in Brewer.

Those who would like information about the event can call Davis at 989-3912.

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