AUSTIN -- Events are being held Wednesday to remember 9/11 and honor firefighters and first responders.
All events noted below are hosted by the Austin Fire Department and/or the Austin Firefighters’ Association/Local 975.
7:30 a.m.: Annual memorial service to remember those firefighters who lost their lives on September 11. WHERE: Buford Fire Tower on Lady Bird Lake, Cesar Chavez and Colorado.
10:00 a.m.: AFD 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Austin firefighters will climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in full turnout gear, an air pack, and a hose bundle. Firefighters will make the number of up and down flights which equals roughly the height of the World Trade Center. The climb is done in complete silence and it takes about an hour. WHERE: 517 S. Pleasant Valley Drive
Noon: Bagpipes and Drums. Emergency Service Pipes and Drums Association (ESPADA) will play. WHERE: Capitol Rotunda.
All day: Fire Adapted Communities Symposium.
WHERE: State Capitol (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greater Austin Crime Commission
Twelfth Annual 9/11 Memorial
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Austin Club
110 East 9th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
8:00 a.m. Buffet
8:30 a.m. Program
More than 150 business, community, government and law enforcement leaders are expected to attend, including Chief Art Acevedo (Austin Police Department), Chief Jeff Barnett (Kyle Police Department), Chief David Carter (University of Texas Police Department), Justice John Devine (Supreme Court), Commissioner Gerald Daugherty (Travis County), SDM Hector Gomez (US Marshals Service), Judge Barbara Hervey (Court of Criminal Appeals), Rep. Donna Howard (Texas House), Chief Sean Mannix (Cedar Park Police Department), Councilmember Mike Martinez (City of Austin), Director Steve McCraw (Texas Department of Public Safety), Chief Ralph Meyer (Texas State University Police Department), Commissioner Willie Piña (Bastrop County), ASAC Daniel Powers (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Chief Todd Radford (Lakeway Police Department), RAIC Michael Reyes (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (Texas House), Chief Ernesto Rodriguez (Austin/Travis County EMS), SDM Darrin Sartin (US Marshals Service), Chairman Barry Smitherman (Texas Railroad Commission) and RAIC Greg Thrash (Drug Enforcement Administration).
Founded in 1997, the Greater Austin Crime Commission supports Central Texas law enforcement and promotes public safety. The non-profit organization serves Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties.
SAN MARCOS -- The City of San Marcos will hold a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the heroes and victims of 9/11 at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2013 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.
The program, titled "Never Forgetting Means Never Forgetting," will open with a welcome from City Manager Jim Nuse. Mayor Daniel Guerrero will follow with a proclamation and moment of silent reflection.
An excerpt form Chapter 1 of the 9/11 Commission Report will be read, and the San Marcos Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the flag that was flying over San Marcos City Hall the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Following the flag raising will be a rendition of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. The historical fire bell in front of City Hall will then be tolled in honor of the first responders who perished on 9/11.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and to place flowers on the Flower Memorial afterward.
For more information, contact the San Marcos Fire Department at 512.805.2660.
CTMC to Honor First Responders at the Annual 9/11 Memorial Luncheon
When a disaster or a crisis strikes our country there is no hesitation. First responders are there to help! These brave men and women risk their lives every day to save ours.
Central Texas Medical Center will welcome City of West, Texas' Fire Chief George Nors as their honorary guest for the annual 9/11 Memorial Luncheon on Wednesday, September 11 at the San Marcos Activity Center located at 501 E. Hopkins Street. Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. Guest speakers include Mayor Daniel Guerrero, State Representative Jason Isaac, San Marcos Chief of Police Howard Williams and San Marcos Assistant Fire Chief Len Nored.
Tragically on April 17, 2013, the fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded killing 15 people and injuring 200. Twelve of those killed were first responders, making this the worst disaster for Texas firefighters in more than 60 years. Fire Chief George Nors sustained injuries requiring his son, George Nors Jr., to become the acting fire chief as his father recuperated. The plant explosion is still under investigation.
Lunch will be catered by Werner's Catering and is available for a $10 donation. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, green salad, rolls, and dessert will be served. Open seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A table sponsorship is available for $150 and includes a reserved table for 8 guests and special recognition at your table. Donations will benefit the CTMC Family Grief Center located at 1313 IH 35 North in San Marcos. An RSVP is requested for those who would like to eat. Please RSVP by calling Lisa Adams, Public Relations Coordinator, at (512) 753-3608 or email Lisa.Adams@ahss.org.