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New home for firefighters memorial, 9/11 plaque

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Firefighters look at the Blackhawk Firefighters Association memorial and 9/11 plaque Sunday at their new location near the Sauk Valley Community College Fire Science program area. The BFFA, which includes more than 80 northern Illinois fire departments, held a memorial ceremony Sunday to honor members who served their communities and are no longer with us. The 9/11 memorial that was dedicated is a granite stone that holds one of the 1,141 steel artifacts from New York's World Trade Center. Speakers included Sen. Tim Bivins, Rep. Don Moffit, Rep. Tom Demmer and Sauk Valley Community College President George Mihel.
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Ballons are released in memory of fallen firefighters from the Blackhawk Firefighters Association Sunday afternoon at the Sauk Valley Community College Fire Science program area.
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Byron Fire Department Chaplin Gary Cortese dedicates the Blackhawk Firefighters Association Memorial and 9/11 plaque Sunday afternoon at Sauk Valley Community College.
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Amboy Assistant Fire Chief John McGraw (left), passes a bronze statue to Captain Greg Miller of the Milledgeville Fire Department Sunday afternoon as the Blackhawk Firefighters Association honored firefighters who are longer with us.
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Amboy Fire Department's Duane Dickerson warms up the bagpipes before the Blackhawk Firefighter's Association's Firefighter Memorial ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Sauk Valley Community College Fire Science program area. The BFFA holds the service every 2 years and honors the firefighters who have passed on. This year's service also included a dedication of two memorials, one for the BFFA and another in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Firefighters look at the Blackhawk Firefighters Association memorial and 9/11 plaque Sunday at their new location near the Sauk Valley Community College Fire Science program area. The BFFA, which includes more than 80 northern Illinois fire departments, held a memorial ceremony Sunday to honor members who served their communities and are no longer with us. The 9/11 memorial that was dedicated is a granite stone that holds one of the 1,141 steel artifacts from New York's World Trade Center. Speakers included Sen. Tim Bivins, Rep. Don Moffit, Rep. Tom Demmer and Sauk Valley Community College President George Mihel.

 

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