Hundreds of firefighters died that fateful day, rushing in to the twin towers. Monday, Tallahassee firefighters paid tribute to them with four rings, one for each plane that crashed on September 11, 2001.
Five years later, Tallahassee firefighters hold a memorial in remembrance of that terror attack at 8:46 a.m., the exact time the first plane hit the first twin tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
CAPT Kermit Washington of the Tallahassee Fire Department said, "It really warms your heart and makes you think about your life and that something could've happened to you and your family. It really brings back a sad feeling of 9/11."
Firefighters, alongside fellow law enforcement and supporters, gathered at Fire Station 1 Monday morning to honor those who died that fateful day.
Mike Terhune, a Tallahassee fireman and Fire and Iron President, said, "Three hundred forty three firefighters lost their lives that day. As our brothers and watching that that day, we wanted to remember them, not only them, but everybody else who perished in the worst terrorist event in United States history. We just want to remember them."
Jeanne Giuliani, Director of Chrome Divas, added, "It brought back memories five years ago today, remembering all of the terrible things that happened. I was incredibly honored to be a part of this event."
The firefighter's prayer was recited, followed by a moment of silence.
Terhune says the memorial flag that hangs at the fire station says their message best: "Never forget."
This is the second annual memorial organized by the Tallahassee Chapter of Fire and Iron.