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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Remembering September 9/11 - Honoring First Responders Who Continue to Serve the Community

AREA - On September 11, 2001, 2,977 lives were killed by a terrorist attack in three separate locations in the United States.


9/11 Memorial at the Bedford Fire Headquarters located on H Street in Bedford, Indiana


Two planes, hijacked by Islamic jihadists went into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane was flown into the Pentagon and ended up crashing in an empty field in Pennsylvania.



The attacks marked one of the deadliest events on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor.



Marion Township Fire Chief Jimmy Zeeks died on August 15, 2009 while working a traffic accident on State Road 37 near Mitchell


Lawrence County Peace Officers Memorial of those who died in Line of Duty



Timeline of Events September 11, 2001

  • 8:46 a.m. Flight 11 crashes into the World Trade Center North Tower - All passengers aboard are killed, and employees of World Trade Center trapped above the 91st floor

  • 9:03 a.m. Flight 175 crashes into the World Trade Center South Tower - All passengers aboard are killed and unknown number in the South Tower are killed

  • 9:37 a.m. Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. All passengers are instantly killed and 125 civilians and military personnel in the building.

  • 10:02 a.m. Flight 93 plows into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Some of the 9/11 events in the area include:


  • Festival of Heroes will be held September 10th which will honor veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The event will be held all day on Saturday September 10th on the courthouse lawn. J Street will be closed to traffic. The event will have vendors, food trucks and more. Lawrence County Prosecutor's office will have free DNA and finger printing booth for children. The event will be from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event to honor all Heroes throughout the state.


  • Honoring Our Heroes: At 1st Baptist Church located at 1515 20th Street, Bedford, Indiana local first responders will be honored during the event on Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


  • Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Campus will host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on September 11, at 9:00 a.m. in Coordination with City of Bloomington Firefighters Union Local 586, City of Bloomington and is open to the public. A tree dedication will take place to Honor the late Captain Loviscek who passed away in July. The keynot speaker of the event is Sheli Yoder, State Senator from District # 40. Bloomington Mayor Donald Griffin, Jr will make remarks.


Join Lawrence County Zephyr in honoring all of the first responders in the area including the volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. List your comments below in this story or on Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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