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Marble Falls remembers Sept. 11, honors first responders at Patriot Day event

Jim Helfrich (left), the senior vice commander of Marble Falls VFW Post 10376, Lloyd Crippen and other VFW members present the colors during a Sept. 11 memorial at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls on Patriot Day. The 12th annual event paid tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and recognized local and national first responders. Staff photos by Jared Fields

Members of the Marble Falls VFW Post 10376 raise the U.S. flag at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls during a Sept. 11 memorial service on Patriot Day. The noon event paid tribute to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and local and national first responders.

Attendees sing along to the National Anthem at a Sept. 11 memorial at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls. Dave Sweigart led the singing.

Marble Falls Rotarian and retired firefighter Jim Gallagher (left) congratulates Eric Molina of the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 11 at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls. Molina was recognized by the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club and accepted a plaque with Capt. William Eppler.

Marble Falls Rotarian Jim Gallagher (left) looks on as Spicewood EMS director Patsy Lester, along with family members, accepts a plaque from the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club in honor of her work and service.

Local first responders were honored for their service during the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club’s Sept. 11 memorial at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls on Patriot Day. Each first responder honored was with a supervisor or representative from their department. Pictured are Horseshoe Bay Fire Department Capt. Joshua Wimberley (front, left), Horseshoe Bay Fire Department Chief Jim Fierro, Horseshoe Bay Police Department Sgt. Jim Cooksey, Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Molina, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Capt. William Eppler, Marble Falls Fire Rescue Capt. Coy Guenter, Marble Falls EMS field paramedic and field training officer Zach Norred, Marble Falls EMS director Johnny Campbell, Spicewood EMS director Patsy Lester (with family) and Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Johnny Caraway (back, right).

Derek Young plays “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes to conclude the 12th annual Sept. 11 memorial at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls on Patriot Day. Young played several songs during the ceremony, which honored victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and local and national first responders.

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