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9/11 Tributes Honor Fallen Fire, Police

First published in the September 15, print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The Chinese Club of San Marino began hosting its annual breakfast to acknowledge the dedication of San Marino’s police officers and firefighters several years before the terrorist attacks in 2001. However, the volunteers who spoke at Monday’s event remembered shopping for the breakfast on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when word spread of the airplanes that had been crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
Additionally, each fire station in the San Gabriel Valley hosted a brief ceremony on Sunday to honor all those who lost their lives on 9/11, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers.
On Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
To commemorate the attack, at 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2022, the San Marino fire and police departments assembled in front of San Marino City Hall to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. On Sunday, the flag in front of City Hall was lowered to half-staff. This tribute was followed by a moment of silence.
This year’s remembrance and tribute was led by Police Chief John Incontro and Fire Chief Mario Rueda.
Rueda had substantial involvement in 9/11: He led a FEMA relief team to New York City to work in search-and-rescue efforts.

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