Law enforcement, firefighters pay tribute during 9/11 ceremony in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — Community members, law enforcement and first responders gathered at the Police and Firefighters Memorial at the Marysville Library on Sept. 11 to remember not only those who lost their lives nine years ago, but a fallen firefighter of their own.

About 25 residents, along with officials from the Marysville Fire District and Police Department, attended a short ceremony to honor the first responders who died in the World Trade Center attacks, as well as former Marysville Fire Lt. Jeff Thornton, who lost his life to cancer that same day.

After a benediction from Greg Kanehen, pastor of Marysville Free Methodist Church, and an introduction from Mayor Jon Nehring, the Honor Guard presented the colors. Acting Capt. Matt Campbell rung the bell at 8:46 a.m. to pay tribute to those who initially responded to the 9/11 attacks.

Captain Chip Kruse played "Taps" as firefighters Tim Gunn, Dan Allen, Keoni Brown and firefighter/paramedic Russell Colmore stood silently in front of the 9/11 memorial.

Donning full uniforms, members of the Marysville Fire Department and the Marysville Police Department lined up on either side of the monument during the ceremony.

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