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Marco Firefighters mark 9/11 anniversary

Mariel Sanchez sang the National Anthem.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.

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Mariel Sanchez sang the National Anthem. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.

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  • This bouquet honored the men & women of the Marco Fire-Rescue Squad.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Fire bell donated to Marco Fire- Rescue in 9-11-02 by the Roseboom family.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • The Marco Marriott recognized Don Hunter and Michael Murphy for extraordinary community service.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Dianna Dohm, President Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation introduces guests and local heroes.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Paramedics Eddie Cabal, Anthony Gordon & Leo Rodriguez at lunch and before they had to leap up and leave on a call.  They wanted to remember 'All those who fell protecting others, the celebration of life as Americans and that we as people have all gained and sacraficed'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Attendees enjoyed a beautifully presented luncheon at the Marco Marriott.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • A moment of respectful silence after the invocation.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Fire fighters, police & emergency personnel everywhere were acknowledged.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Mariel Sanchez sang the National Anthem.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Travellers on Marco's Collier Boulevard were treated to the stars and stripes flying from the local engine.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • The North Naples Fire Color Guard near the stage.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • The North Naples Fire Color Guard is led in to the auditorium.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Bagpiper Sean O'Connor opens the Posting of Colors.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • After lunch the audience viewed several photo presentations documenting 9-11.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Members of Marco's Fire-Rescue pause for a group photo.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Father and son- Battalion Chief Jeff Kutzke joined son Jeffrey for this shot.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Here's Marco fire fighter Jeffrey Kutzke, 22 and Lauren Mitchell.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • New York City Fireman and first responder Dennis Bootle approaches the podium to describe his experience during the collapse of the towers and the subsequent months he spent at Ground Zero.  Scene from video presentation remembering 9-11-01 and the role all emergency personnel played.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Scene from video presentation remembering 9-11-01 and the role all emergency personnel played.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Scene from video presentation remembering 9-11-01 and the role all emergency personnel played.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Scene from video presentation remembering 9-11-01 and the role all emergency personnel played.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Beautiful details of Marco Fire-Rescue's new engine parked outside the Marriott where today's 9-11 tribute was held.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Scene from video presentation remembering 9-11-01 and the role all emergency personnel played.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.

With the Marco Fire-Rescue squad, the public and even a first responder to New York's Ground Zero in attendance the afternoon proved a rich blend of remembrance, sadness, gratefulness and hope.  Visitors travelling along 951 in Marco immediately recognized our flag flying high from the extended ladder of a Marco Fire- Rescue engine leading to more emergency trucks and ultimately to the men and women who use them dutifully in service on Marco.  A quick welcome then a Fire-Rescue Color Guard posting preceded the National Anthem, lunch and a moving talk by NYC first responder fireman Dennis Bootle.  Video presentations at times somber did not shake the patriotic feel in the room and attendees often commented that 'they were here just to be here'.  

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