Firefighters from across Fire District 1 joined Edmonds Station 17 firefighters on Wednesday to pitch in and help get the new 9-11 Memorial completed in time for the formal ceremonies this Friday. The memorial’s centerpiece is a one-ton girder from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
Work on the memorial had been delayed earlier this summer while details of the building permit were ironed out, but these finally were cleared up and since then the firefighters have been going full bore to complete construction in time for this year’s 9-11 observances. On Wednesday afternoon the firefighters were working against the clock to get everything ready for the scheduled concrete pour on Thursday morning.
“This memorial honors all who lost their lives in the 9-11 terrorist attacks, but is particularly important for the 434 firefighters and 60 police officers who died that day in the line of duty,” said firefighter Dave “Bronco” Erickson, who has spearheaded the effort to make the Edmonds memorial a reality.
Erickson added that all are welcome to join in the 9-11 observances at the Edmonds Fire Station, scheduled to start at exactly 11 minutes after 9 on Friday morning. The opening ceremony for the new memorial will include bagpipes, taps performed by Edmonds police officer Debbie Dawson, remarks by Mayor Dave Earling and others, and firefighters in full dress uniforms.