officials observed a moment of silence Tuesday morning along with fire stations throughout the county recognize the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Fire department personnel silently assembled around the 9/11 memorial in front of the San Anselmo fire station at 6:58 a.m. while officials gathered around flag poles in front of all the fire stations in Marin. The 9/11 memorial, which was dedicated last year, includes a section of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.
At 6:59 a.m., the time of the south tower collapse, all fire stations rang the bells 5-5-5-5 (four sets of five chimes each). The “5-5-5-5” signal is a New York Fire Department tradition and today honored the 343 New York firefighters who answered their last alarm call on September 11, 2001. The 5-5-5-5, or Tolling of the Bell, was used to signal the death of a firefighter in the line of duty before telephones and radios were used.
At 7 a.m., officials held a minute of complete silence.
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