September 11: Honoring First Responders on This Solemn Anniversary

This weekend, I had the honor of being a small part of two events that celebrated our first responders 15 years after too many of them were taken from us far too soon.

On Saturday, I joined elected officials from around the region at Fire Ops 101 training, presented by  the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Firefighters from South Milwaukee’s IAFF Local 1633 and from around the state took us through what a day in their life looks like, and I left with an even bigger appreciation for what these everyday heroes do, literally putting their lives on the line for ours.

It was a point further driven home by the moving 9-11 ceremony Saturday morning, as the name of each fallen New York firefighter and police officer was read aloud in tribute.

On Sunday, I attended a ceremony honoring first responders at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cudahy, joining representatives from other South Shore communities in thanking these men and women for their work and paying tribute to those who died 15 years ago.

It’s an honor to lead a city with these first-class first responders standing at the ready — ready to rush into danger as everyone else rushes out. That’s what happened on September 11, 2001. And we honor their sacrifice today, and every day.

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