Updated 09/11/2012 03:51 PM
Utica Fire Department leads service for fallen 9/11 firefighters, police
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Public safety officials and politicians from around Oneida County gathered Tuesday to remember the 343 firefighters and police officers and six area natives who died on 9/11.
The service took place at Utica's 9/11 Memorial on Memorial Parkway. They read the names of those who gave their lives 11 years ago and prayed for them. The fire department also brought several new cadets to the service.
City of Utica Fire Department Chief Russell Brooks says he hopes to instill in them the same sense of duty that sent so many up the towers to bring people down.
"This was the ultimate illustration of bravery, giving their lives so that others might live," said Chief Brooks.
He also says the New York City firefighters who died on 9/11 continue to save lives with their selfless example.