CENTRAL GLENDALE — A solemn message in honor of victims who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was read over emergency radio airwaves early Saturday as Fire Station 21 firefighters observed a moment of silence for fallen servicemen.
Nine years after two airplanes struck the World Trade Center's twin towers, Glendale firefighters continued their tradition in honoring the attacks' victims, including 343 New York firefighters, with the moment of silence, flag salute and prayer.
The attacks have forever changed the nation, Tim Thome, a retired Glendale firefighter and the department's chaplain, told firefighters during his prayer.
"We became more aware of one another and the important things in life," he said. "I think we might have taken a lot of things for granted that we don't do so much anymore."
Fire service has also transformed post-9/11 to include specialized terrorism training and better safety equipment, Battalion Chief Tom Propst said.