Memphis firefighter Fredrick Edwards salutes the memorial wall at the Fire Museum of Memphis as he and fellow firefighters leave a rose for each of the 53 Memphis, Tenn. firefighters killed in the line of duty during the annual September 11th Fire Services Memorial program.
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Memphis firefighter David Schlauch helps refold a giant American flag after the annual Fire Services Memorial in Memphis.
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Memphis firefighter Kenneth Brown rolls up flags before the start of a short parade with Memphis first responders during the annual Fire Services Memorial at the Fire Museum of Memphis on Tuesday.
The Memphis Fire Department has been honoring their fallen comrades during an annual memorial service for a long time, but after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 they now hold their remembrances on that historic date.
"We’ve always had a memorial for those fallen firefighters, who throughout the history of the department gave their lives in service to the city of Memphis," Lt. Wayne Cooke of the Memphis Fire Department told the Memphis Daily Mail. "After 9/11, we wanted to make sure we honored those who gave their lives in the line of duty on that day.
In other parts of the country, thousands gathered in New York, suburban Washington and rural Pennsylvania to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
A firefighter stands by as a mill burns in Woonsocket, R.I. Tuesday night, June 7. The fire reached eight alarms, forcing evacuations and leaving hundreds without power.
The AP reports:
A massive, eight-alarm fire tore through a 112-year-old mill in northern Rhode Island on Tuesday, leaving one firefighter injured, forcing some residents to be evacuated and leaving hundreds without power, officials said late Tuesday.
Firefighters were called to a blaze at the former Alice Mills Rubber Manufacturing Plant in Woonsocket, just miles from the Massachusetts state line at about 7:30 p.m. Alice Mills was once considered the largest rubber goods factory in the world.
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A group of Falmouth, Maine firefighters ski down a slope on their way to the starting line before competing in the 21st Annual Firefighter's Fundraising Race on Sunday, March 27, at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine. Teams of five wearing firefighting gear carried a 50-foot hose while negotiating a giant slalom race course. The race benefits the Maine Handicapped Skiing program.
Firefighters spray foam over police officers during a protest at the Minister-President's office in Brussels, Belgium on March 25. Members of Brussels' fire brigade are demanding clearer rules with regards to nominations and promotions.
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Belgian police officers react to being covered with foam sprayed by firefighters during a labor protest at the Minister-President's office in Brussels on March 25.
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A firefighter hands out apples to police after they were sprayed with a foam water hose during a firefighters' demonstration in Brussels on March 25.
At least 100 firefighters spray foam at police guarding government offices in Brussels demanding staffing, training and better working conditions. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.
By David R Arnott, NBC News
It looks like both sides took part in this protest in good spirits.
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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the market district in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 24. Estimates of the damage and cause of the fire are unknown.
I can't imagine how hard it would be to make the final walk that the firefighters in the images below are being asked to take.
AP reports: In a solemn display, laid-off firefighters and police officers lined up Tuesday to turn in their helmets and badges — symbols of deep budget cuts that were destined to further erode the quality of life in one of the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.
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Firefighters hug outside a firehouse on Jan. 18, in Camden, N.J., after being laid off. The layoffs affect close to one-fourth of the city government workforce in one of the nation's most impoverished places.
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Firefighters applaud Andy Delgado, back to camera, a five-year-veteran of the Camden Fire Department, as he tells them to keep their hopes up on Jan. 18, in Camden, N.J., as they prepare to turn in their gear after being laid off. About 335 workers, representing one-sixth of the local government work force, lost their jobs, according to Mayor Dana Redd. It was worst in the public safety departments, where nearly half the police force and close to one-third of the city's firefighters were laid off.
Montpelier firefighters Galen Thereault, right, and Danny Ruggles hold a dog named Emma just after she was rescued from the North Branch of the Winooski River in Montpelier, Vt., on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Emma was in the water for about 40 minutes after falling through the ice.
Chicago firefighters salute as firefighter Edward Stringer's body passes by them at the Chicago Medical Examiner's office, Dec. 22, 2010. A blaze at an abandoned building on Chicago's South Side left two firefighters dead and 14 injured Wednesday.
CHICAGO — As fires go, the one that broke out Wednesday in a small vacant building on the city's South Side was likely to be pretty routine for the Chicago Fire Department. Instead, it caused the deaths of two firefighters, trapped under debris with two others when a wall and roof collapsed, and injured 17.
In an eerie coincidence, it happened on the 100th anniversary of the Union Stock Yards fire, which killed 21 Chicago firefighters when a wall collapsed and stood as one of America's worst tragedies for firefighter deaths until the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“May your strength give us strength. May your faith give us faith. May your hope give us hope. May your love give us love.”
~ Bruce Springsteen
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A man helps firefighters to extinguish fire in the outskirts of the Russian city of Voronezh, July 29, 2010. Russia's worst drought for decades is set to drag on for at least the next 7 days in some areas but further serious damage to grain crops is not expected, a senior government weather forecaster said on Thursday.