Downtown fire station honor

Firefighters and other first responders stand in front of the main fire station in downtown Omaha last year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Omaha firefighters were among many people around the region who marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday.

The firefighters observed a moment of silence outside city fire stations Tuesday morning.

At the main station at 15th and Jackson Streets, Fire Chief Dan Olsen said it’s only right to remember the sacrifices first responders made for our country.

“We’re all brothers and sisters in this industry, and we care about each other,” Olsen said. “It’s the least we can do for those who sacrificed so much 17 years ago.”

Patriot Day also was observed at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum near Ashland. There, retired Army Col. Tom Brewer said that while 9/11 is a time to remember those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, it’s also a time to remember the sacrifice of those who have served since.

Brewer, now a state senator from Gordon, said he dealt with some challenges during his multiple tours in Afghanistan after 9/11. He was shot multiple times during an ambush. He was wounded again in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

But there was nothing more difficult, he said, than accompanying the bodies of three comrades killed in the rocket attack back to the U.S.

“The hardest thing is facing those families when the tailgate comes down at Dover (Air Force Base),” Brewer said. “Never doubt those who are wearing the uniform are giving all they can every day to make this place safer and better.”

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