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Yakima Emergency Responders Remember Fallen Heroes on 9/11

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Firefighters and other emergency responders took time this morning to remember those who lost their lives thirteen years ago. It was a touching memorial outside the convention center in Yakima Thursday morning. 

People gathered to remember firefighters, policemen and everyone else who was tragically lost on 9/11. A bag pipe, which always sounds so beautiful in ceremonies like this, was played in their honor.

Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department spoke about how 9/11 affected firefighters and all emergency responders, even as far away as Yakima. We talked with Captain Schneider after the event. 

"It reminds you that at the end of the day there's really no guarantee that you're going to go home," Captain Schneider said. "It reminds you, it reminds me, reminds us, of our commitment and our oath to protect the community and sometimes at all costs."

At 8:46 am, everyone in attendance took a moment of silence in honor of the exact minute the first plane flew into the North side of tower number one of the World Trade Center. 

Overall, it was a very moving ceremony to honor an event that all of America has pledged to never forget.