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Fishersville Church Remembers 9/11 First Responders

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A Fishersville church held a special service Sunday to honor first responders in the Shenandoah Valley and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the September 11 terror attacks - 12 years ago this week.

"We always want to remember those who are going into danger instead of running away from it," Pastor Larry Jent said as special guests streamed into Fishersville United Methodist Church by trucks, engines and even a helicopter for the annual September 11 memorial service.

"September 11 is really all about now first responders and volunteers and those who give up their life day in and day out to do a very, very difficult job," Marla Graff Decker, the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, said.

With the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Wednesday, Decker spoke to first responders from the Shenandoah Valley about service and sacrifice.

"Whether it's law enforcement or fire or EMS or emergency management, they're all doing this important job and they're doing it with the feeling of dedication to the community," she said.

Organizers say that dedication deserves to be remembered every single day.

"With time, people tend to forget.  And we don't want folks to ever forget the sacrifices that were made day or were made every day.  Our public safety responders are on the front lines for everybody, every day and we want folks to remember that," Gary Critzer, the Waynesboro director of EMS, said.

"It's a little harder to remember perhaps that our friends and neighbors are on the front lines every day paying the price for our freedom, because freedom isn't free and even peace requires a price.  These folks are paying the price for us every day and we do this to show us our appreciation," Jent said.

Firehouse Subs donated food for a lunch reception following the service. Kids also got a chance to check out the trucks and helicopters.

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