FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — On Sept. 11, 2001, while others ran from the destruction caused by two airliners slamming into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, firefighters, police and EMS personnel ran toward it to rescue those injured and trapped.
Many of them, along with the innocent victims in the towers and the planes, paid with their lives. On Sept. 11, the Rotary Club of Marble Falls is hosting its 13th annual 9/11 Ceremony to remember that day but also to recognize the efforts of local first responders and police who put themselves at risk each day as they protect the Highland Lakes community.
The event is noon at the flagpole in Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive.
The community is encouraged to attend and take time to reflect on 9/11 and honor local first responders.
Each year, local police, fire and EMS organizations nominate individual members deserving of special recognition.
This year’s nominations include:
- Capt. Gary Boshears, Granite Shoals Police Department
- Officer Joe Lorette, Horseshoe Bay Police Department
- Officer Dorian Turner, Marble Falls Police Department
- Assistant Fire Chief Stephanie Black, Horseshoe Bay Fire Department
- Lt. Johnathan Curlee, Granite Shoals Fire Department
- Assistant Chief Billy Ludwig, Spicewood Volunteer Fire/EMS Department
- Engineer Kelly Oestrich, Marble Falls Fire Rescue
- Sgt. Vaughn Hamilton, Marble Falls Area EMS
- Assistant Director Jamie Ludwig, Spicewood Volunteer Fire/EMS Department
At the ceremony, the Rotary Club will recognize four of the nominees.
After the 9/11 tragedy, Adam Mayblum, a survivor of the World Trade Center Tower 1, described his thoughts about the firefighters he encountered going up the stairs as he was escaping down.
“Those men and women that went up were heroes in the face of it all. They must have known what was going on, and they did their jobs,” he wrote in an email account of the day.
Then, he addressed the terrorists.
“If you want to make us stronger, attack and we unite. This is the ultimate failure of terrorism against the United States and the ultimate price we pay to be free. … The very moment the first plane was hijacked, democracy won,” he wrote.
On Sept. 11, the public can join the Rotary Club of Marble Falls to honor everyone who puts “service above self” on a daily basis.