YAKIMA, Wash.-- Wednesday memorial celebrations happened all over the country for the men and women who died on September 11th 2001.
"Our job is not to die, our job is to save lives, but it does happen," saidYakima Fire Department Battalion Chief, Tom Sevigny.
Every year, thousands gather around the country to remember the men and women who died 12 years ago in the September 11th attacks.
"It's hard to imagine how many of our brothers and sisters were killed," Sevigny said.
This year is no different. Law enforcement in Yakima came together for a moment of silence to remember.
"I think we are proud of what we do and the people that gave their lives. It's very difficult knowing it's not just their lives it affected, but their families and their loved ones and their coworkers," Sevigny said.
Firefighters said things like this are tragic, but it comes with the job. Every day there is a chance someone might not make it home.
"It's something the people face every day when they go on emergency responses," Sevigny said.
Law enforcement from across the region gathered in downtown Yakima at the convention center to honor their colleagues who passed away 12 years ago at the World Trade Center, and this says a lot for those who fight for our freedoms.
"It's encouraging for them because they lost so many people that day and they wanted to help too," said Yakima Fire Department Chaplain, Susan Whitman.
At 9:00 Wednesday morning dozens of men and women in uniform took a moment of silence with the flag at half-staff for their brothers and sisters, and next year organizers want the whole community to be involved.
"The community wanted to be involved in this also and a little more information. It'll be bigger next year," Whitman said.