Campbell County Remembers 9-11
First responders, elected officials, and members of the community gathered today to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A steady downpour drove the Hour of Honor Ceremony inside today at Fire Station #1.
Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King closed her remarks to the crowd by thanking the first responders of Campbell County who help make Gillette and Campbell County one of the safest communities in the nation.
Commissioner Del Shelstad shared his recollection of that day, noting that at the time he was just seven months out of the service. He said he knew immediately it was an act of terror as he told his wife “planes don’t fly into buildings in America.”
Fire Chief Jeff Bender talked of the life of a firefighter revolving around the tolling of a bell from calls to service to three bells signalling the end of each shift. That’s how this year’s ceremony ended with three chimes of the bell and a moment of silent remembrance.