Santa Monica firefighters assembled at 6:59 a.m. on September 11 at each of the City’s four fire stations for one minute of silent tribute and reflection on the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The hour of 6:59 a.m. Pacific Time is the time that the South Tower collapsed in the tragedy which killed thousands of people, including 343 FDNY firefighters who had entered the buildings for rescue operations.
The bays were opened at each Santa Monica fire station and flags were lowered to half-staff in the observance coordinated via fire engine radios. The decision to lower flags – an observance normally reserved for individuals in positions of particular honor, such as the nation’s President or Chief Justice – was made by City Manager P. Lamont Ewell, who began his career as a firefighter in Compton and later served as Fire Chief of Oakland.
At Station No. One at 1444 7th St., Cpt. Menta spoke to the assembly after the minute of silence and reflected on the courage and dedication of those who had perished. Firefighter Brad Graham recalled the time he spent in New York with firefighters there and when some FDNY firefighters spent time with the Department in Santa Monica.
Inside the firehouse, Engineer Jim Enge’s Harley Davidson displayed a day-in, day-out memorial to those who died – California license plate 911 WWNF: September 11 We Will Never Forget.