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Area emergency personnel gather to honor the fallen
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Gainesville’s police and fire departments will remember the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks this morning.

“We don’t want anyone to be forgotten. We want to make sure we pay homage every year for something so tragic,” said Cpl. Joe Britte, Gainesville Police Department spokesman.

Among the almost 3,000 who died that day were 343 firefighters and 72 police officers.

Those who are able to attend the ceremony can gather before 9:55 a.m. at the Gainesville Public Safety Complex flagpole on Bank Street in front of the complex off Queen City Parkway. The ceremony will last about half an hour.

Later in the day, you can join Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association as Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch hosts another ceremony honoring those same first responders as well as the three Hall County Fire Services firefighters injured last month in a training accident.

That event is set for 3:30 p.m. at The Venue at Blackshear Place Baptist Church, 3428 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch. R.S.V.P. to 770-533-7722 or

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