Today I participated in the Mashpee Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Service. At 8:46 I announced over the Fire Alarm Radio:
"Mashpee Fire Alarm sounding Box 5 – 5 – 5 – 5 in memory of the lives lost and injured on September 11, 2001. "
I then chimed the special 5 alert tones four times over the air.
(5-5-5-5 Is the bell signal for a fallen firefighter and officially means to lower flags to half mast.)
It was a priveledge and honor to be a part of the ceremony.
I pray for Peace, Comfort, Hope and Faith for all those who were affected by the tragic event of September 11, 2001.
When I am called to duty, wherever flames may rage, give me the strength to save a life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if according to God’s will, I must answer death’s call, bless with your protecting hand, my family, one and all. AMEN.
We will never forget.