SHFD remembers 9/11 on its 20th anniversary with a memorial stroll/operate

South Hutchinson Fire Department fire chief Shay Barajas-Brooks and Captain Jake Fletchall, right,  begin to walk the 4.2 mile route to commemorate the fallen 343 firefighters on Sept. 11 in South Hutchinson.

The South Hutchinson Fire Department wished to recall those who died and to teach little ones about what occurred through the 9/11 attacks. So to commemorate the 20-calendar year-previous celebration, they scheduled a 4.2 mile stroll by the town.

SHFD normally partners with the Wichita Hearth Department on every anniversary of 9/11. They climb 110 floors to recall the 343 firefighters who never manufactured it to the prime of the Globe Trade Middle towers, but with COVID-19 limits in spot final 12 months and this yr, they made a decision to recall the assaults in a new way.

This calendar year, the SHFD invited the Reno County community as properly as other fireplace departments to meet up with at the South Hutchinson Veteran’s Memorial on the early morning of 9/11 to start out a stroll/operate in-gear to commemorate 9/11.

South Hutchinson Fire Chief Shay Barajas-Brooks and Fire Captain Jake Fletchall walk the 4.2 mile path marked with the names and pictures of the 343 firefighters who died during the 9/11 attacks.

“We have a rather very good core group of firefighters down listed here in South Hutch, and we were speaking one night and we nevertheless wanted to do anything,” South Hutchinson Hearth Chief Shay Barajas-Brooks reported. “This is the 20th anniversary, and we all decided we built the guarantee to by no means neglect.”

South Hutchinson Fire Department firefighters Nathaniel Landin (left), Daniel Ford (center) and Chandler Van Allen (right) walk along Main Street in South Hutchinson as part of the 4.2 mile route to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

The 4.2 mile stroll integrated photographs of every single firefighter who misplaced their existence during the 9/11 attacks, as well as artwork from space universities.

“A stroll in our have group seemed like the excellent healthy,” South Hutchinson Hearth Division Captain Jake Fletchall mentioned.

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According to Brooks, the hand-drawn illustrations or photos alongside the pictures of the fallen 343 pushed the hearth division to continue through the walk.

South Hutchinson firefighters Chandler Van Allen (left), Daniel Ford (center) and Nathaniel Landin (right) walk along the South Hutch Nature Trail as part of the 4.2 mile route.

For the duration of a provide climb, where firefighters climb up stairs, only firefighters are permitted to be concerned, but Brooks required to change this rule so everybody, such as families of firefighters and local community customers would have a chance to honor the fallen.

Brooks explained the relevance of remembering the attacks of 9/11 go further than remembering firefighters.

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“Knowledge is a potent thing and we have to go our information down to our children, if you don’t that’s when you start forgetting,” he explained.

Most People who lived by means of that working day can remember the precise moment they found out about the attacks, triggering numerous Us citizens to consider action, but those born following the attack do not have initial-hand understanding. That is why little ones had been encouraged to appear and study about what happened in 2001.

South Hutchinson firefighter Nathaniel Landin holds a flag before he begins the 9/11 memorial walk in South Hutchinson.

“I bear in mind the precise second when I listened to about the towers, where I was and what was heading on,” Fletchall said. “It was a sad day for the earth.”