October 21, 2014

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Brunswick remembers lives lost in 9/11 attacks

Members of Brunswick American Legion Post 234 perform a 21-gun salute during a memorial Tuesday morning at Westview Cemetery honoring those who died in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Local safety forces and veterans honored all those who serve during a memorial Tuesday morning to lives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Brunswick Mayor Gary Werner said he remembers the terrorist attacks because he was in a downtown Cleveland courthouse when the building was evacuated as a precaution.

“Three hundred and forty three New York City firefighters, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers were killed,” Werner said. “They went into those buildings because they were on duty … a duty they undertook to preserve the liberty we enjoy.”

Werner said those who rushed toward danger that day deserve “our constant gratitude and respect.”

In addition to remarks from Werner, Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest also spoke briefly and Brunswick Fire Chief Jim Baird read a Bible passage from the book of Psalms.

Firefighters and police officers from Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township attended the service at Westview Cemetery along with veterans from American Legion Post 234 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520.

The service was sponsored by the American Legion post.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.