Lee Erwin reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Fire Rescue held their annual ceremony honoring fallen firefighters and victims of the 9-11 tragedy on Wednesday, September 11. First responders from all across the area and many local citizens came together at the Main Fire Station of Clarksville Fire Rescue for the ceremony.
A memorial wreath was presented at the ceremony and a carnation was placed by members of law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel in the wreath in memory of those who lost their lives on 9-11 in 2001.
Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Mike Roberts, Clarksville Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Parr, Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson and Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services Director Jimmy Edwards all placed a single flower in the wreath.
Chief Roberts talked about remembering those who have fallen and their families. “Please honor those people we are here for today that died 12 years ago and honor those surviving family members that suffer in silence by never forgetting what happened,” Roberts said. Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan were also featured speakers at the ceremony.
Clarksville Fire Rescue also honored three of its own who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the citizens of Clarksville. A family member of each of the fallen firefighters placed a flower near a photo of their loved one. Those firefighters were Claude Walker who died in 1960, George Wilson who died in 1967 and Ray Harrison who died in 1981.
The honor guard who carried the colors at the 9-11 ceremony was made up of personnel from the surrounding area. The Hopkinsville Fire Department, Fort Campbell Fire Department, Army National Guard, Clarksville Police Department, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were all represented.