EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

September 12, 2013

Remembering 9/11

Local communities remember the victims, the heroes and the sacrifices since the terrorist attacks

Twelve years ago, on the morning of Sept. 11, then Lawrence Deputy Chief Jack Bergeron was at home, schooling his 14-year-old twins.

He got a call, telling him to turn on the television. And he watched as destruction unfolded before his eyes.

Now Lawrence Fire Department chief, Bergeron recounted his emotions that horrific morning at yesterday’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony outside Lowell Street fire headquarters.

“The firefighters in New York were faced with an impossible situation,” Bergeron said. “I can’t say enough about the heroism that day.”

More than 50 firefighters, both retired and active duty, along with two dozens members of the public attended the 8:30 a.m. ceremony. It was one of many held across the Merrimack Valley yesterday.

In Lawrence, Rev. William Waters spoke to the crowd, recalling how after 9/11 churches across the country with filled with people. Waters, a campus minister at Merrimack College in North Andover, also offered caution, noting “we will never know if another 9/11 will take place in our lives.”

Lawrence Deputy Chief Brian Murphy took the podium, proudly reading the poem “We Shall Never Forget,” by Alan Jankowski.

Agreeing with Waters, Mayor William Lantigua said people did come together after 9/11. However, he added, we shouldn’t “wait for a moment of tragedy to come together.”

“Thank you to all who served then and all those who serve to keep us safe now,” Lantigua added.

Fire Lt. James Flynn served as emcee at yesterday’s event. He was aided during the ceremony by firefighters Miguel Baez and Raymond Kenyon III. Kenyon’s father, Raymond Kenyon Jr., a retired Lawrence firefighter, played the bag pipes yesterday.

Waters, in his closing prayer, asked God “to help us to remember what’s like to be an American.”

In Methuen, flags in front of the fire headquarters came down, and the silence hung heavy as the humid morning air. Then the bells rang out, three sets of five peals, a longtime signal of a firefighter lost.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Photos of the Week