Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner, Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister and Lincoln Fire Chief Michael Despain salute the flag the 9/11 ceremony
The heads of all the major safety departments in Lancaster County were present on the steps of the Capitol Building this morning to honor the lives of first responders lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks 17 years ago.
Lincoln Fire Chief Michael Despain spoke alongside Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister and Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner.
Somber but respectful, Despain said Lincoln safety departments holds the ceremony every year as a promise to the community to never forget the sacrifices of those who were first to put their lives on the line on that tragic day; many of whom didn’t come back.
“Everyday we come to work as first responders, and we treat our job a little bit different after 9/11,” said Despain. “Prior to 9/11 we had a routine call,” he says, “Nowadays we don’t have that anymore because the routine call may not be routine.”
As Despain addressed the gathering, he thanked first responders, past and present, for their service.
“Especially the emergency management and volunteers,” said Despain, adding ” There’s a lot of people behind the scenes that help us do our jobs every ay, help keep the community safe and help keep the operation running.”
Despain said the families of first responders should also be recognized for the sacrifices and pain they have to endure every time a family member puts their life on the line.
Despain says that while the 9/11 attacks brought incalculable suffering, he’s reminded that they also brought communities together in spite of the tragedy, and fashioned the strong America of today.