Marlborough Firefighters remember 9/11

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By Ron Ayotte, Contributing Writer

MARLBOROUGH – Group 3 of the Marlborough Fire Department, along with the Marlborough Fire Department Honor Guard, off duty personnel, retirees and private citizens took a few minutes out of their day over the weekend to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th Attacks. 

Battalion Chief Ken MacEwen conducted a brief ceremony, culminating with signal 5-5-5-5 rung on a bell. 

Signal 5-5-5-5 remains the New York Fire Department’s signal to indicate when there is a line of duty death. 

Three hundred and forty three firefighters died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Many more have since passed due to 9/11-related illnesses.

In addition to the 343 firefighters, there were 60 police officers from the New York Police Department and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority, eight paramedics, and 2,852 civilians who died in the terror attack.