BSO Marks Patriot Day With Memorial Service

September 11, 2008

Sheriff Al Lamberti joined dozens of former New York Police and Fire Department and BSO employees Thursday morning to honor the memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day, hundreds were first responders from the NYPD, NYFD and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

“On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers died tragically.They were simply doing their job. To not pay respect to that, really, is a mistake,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “They knew they had a job to do, and that’s why they kept going back and going back and going back.”

The two-hour service in front of the Public Safety Building followed the timeline of the attacks. Throughout the service, bells tolled to note the times when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center, when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower, when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa. and when each tower collapsed.

Gerald R. Coffman of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, presented a 70-pound piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center to BSO. That piece of metal will be installed permanently in the lobby of the Public Safety Building.

Gerald R. Coffman, vice president of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, shakes hands with Sheriff Al Lamberti in front of the piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The metal piece, which Coffman presented to BSO, will be installed permanently in the Public Safety Building.

Hundreds of attendees heard Sheriff Al Lamberti speak during the Patriot Day Thursday in front of the Public Safety Building.

Hundreds of attendees heard Sheriff Al Lamberti speak during the Patriot Day Thursday in front of the Public Safety Building.

Gerald R. Coffman, vice president of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, shakes hands with Sheriff Al Lamberti in front of the piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The metal piece, which Coffman presented to BSO, will be installed permanently in the Public Safety Building.

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