Shrewsbury dignitaries and firefighters observe 9/11 anniversary

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Firefighter Kevin Weigold lowers the U.S. flag to half-staff.

Shrewsbury – Deputy Fire Chief Seth Colby led a solemn service at 9:55 a.m. on Sept. 11 to honor the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Firefighters lined up to pay tribute for those lives lost on that beautiful September morning in 2001.

The apparatus was rolled out of the bays and all available personnel were present at the Shrewsbury Fire Department Headquarters located at 11 Church Road.

State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Board of Selectmen Chair Maurice  DePalo and Board Vice Chair Beth Casavant were also in attendance.

The service was simple and brief and the cloud cover lent to the somber mood of the occasion.

The service included Firefighter Nicholas Vincequere who rang a bell at two intervals to mark the collapse of each tower while Firefighter Kevin Weigold lowered the U.S. flag to half-staff. A moment of silence was observed and then the September 11th Prayer was read by Firefighter Dave Muntz followed by the Firefighter’s Prayer by Firefighter David Hodgerney.

(l to r) Firefighters Nicholas Vincequere, Joe Milosz and David Hodgerney

At the conclusion of the service, Casavant thanked Deputy Chief Seth Colby for all the hard work that the department does on a daily basis.

photos/Melanie Petrucci