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SFD holds memorial service for firefighters lost on 9/11

Shreveport Fire Department holds memorial for 9/11.
Shreveport Fire Department holds memorial for 9/11.(KSLA)
Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 6:21 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Members with the Shreveport Fire Department held a memorial service in remembrance of the attack on the World Trade center on Sept. 11, 2001, where 343 firefighters died in the line of duty.

SFD Battalion Chief Michael Perser says 9/11 is a day he will never forget, because firefighters like him put their lives on the line to protect and serve others.

“As I was looking at that smoke and dust coming from that building, knowing that there were people in there. They didn’t wake up that morning thinking that would be their last day,” he said.

As a first responder, Perser knows how one call to serve could be his last.

“There were firefighters that knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were not going home that day,” he said.

The words “thank you for your service” were written on cut-out hands made by kids from First Baptist Church Shreveport and First Baptist Church School.

“We’re letting our children know of the sacrifices that were made and we’re letting them know of the great patriotism shown that day,” Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said.

The patriotism and acts of first responders and civilians on 9/11 are what Perser wants the focus to be on from that day.

“Lets focus on remembering those men and women that loved their neighbors as themselves, and go by their example of how to serve,” Perser said.

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