L.A. Firefighters Remember 9/11 Victims, Rescuers During Hollywood Memorial

At a Hollywood memorial to fallen firefighters, Los Angeles firefighters and recruits gathered early Sunday to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks that devastated the country a decade and a half ago, including hundreds of firefighters and other emergency personnel who rushed in as others fled.

As scores of people clad in dark blue stood in silence at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial, bells were rung at the approximate times that the first and second towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. A flag was lowered to half-staff.

Retired Asst. Chief Frank Borden, director of operations at the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society, recounted the indelible scenes of New York firefighters climbing stairways toward the flames.

“You know, our firefighters, police officers, medics all over the country are doing things like that — not on that scale — every day,” Borden said.

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