Edmonds remembers 9/11
It’s been 12 years since the events of 9/11 changed us forever. Each year on this day we pause as a nation to remember the thousands who died in the attacks, and particularly the first responders who went into the flaming, collapsing wreckage to rescue those who were trapped. Many never came out.
On that September morning in 2001 four airliners were hijacked. Two crashed into the World Trade Center, and one into the Pentagon. But thanks to the passengers storming and overpowering the terrorists, the fourth, United Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn. and never competed its terrorist mission.
In a ceremony at Edmonds’ Cedar Dream Fountain timed to coincide with the crash of United Airlines flight 93, Edmonds Police Officer Debbie Dawson was joined by Mayor Dave Earling, a contingent from the Edmonds Fire Department and others to remember those who died that day. At precisely 7:10 am, the moment of the crash of Flight 93, the street fell silent as Officer Dawson played taps and the observers took off their hats and put their hands over their hearts.
This was followed by a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park in front of the Edmonds Fire Station.
Retired Snohomish County Fire District 1 Captain Andy Speier addressed the audience, sharing his personal experiences in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. A former New York City firefighter, Speier returned to the city immediately following the 2001 attack to assist with rescue efforts at Ground Zero.
A one-ton steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center was on display during the ceremony. The beam was personally brought to Edmonds by firefighter Dave “Bronco” Erickson, who last year traveled to New York to accept the beam and accompany it here. The beam will become the focal point of a memorial that will be built at the Edmonds Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park.
Plans to incorporate the beam into the memorial call for some significant redesign and construction of the site. No public money is being used; the project is being funded entirely by donations. Learn more about the project and how to donate at
– Story and photos by Larry Vogel