Herald Staff Writer
Every year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Barberton Firefighters have conducted a somber ceremony to remember those who lost their lives then, and continue to do so.
At this year’s Sept. 11 event, Fire Department Chaplain Joe Schoblocher thanked the safety forces who place themselves in harm’s way every day to serve and protect us.
“We’ve forgotten the many simple things which are so important – the cost of freedom, the value of life and the honor and bravery of safety forces and of our military,” Schoblocher said.
He challenged those present to keep the pledge, Never Forget.
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Lt. Richard Schwenning lays a wreath at the fire department’s memorial to those who lost their lives in the 911 attacks, and to Barberton Firefighter Walter J. Steele, who died, June 22, 1922, while fighting a fire at the Diamond Match Company. Fire Chief Edward H. Perry died, Dec. 20, 1950, from a fatal heart attack while on duty. A year earlier Perry was one of 25 firefighters treated for phosgene poisoning while fighting a fire at the Simon Jewelry Company.
Firefighter Robert Weinmann tolls a special bell ringing, signifying firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Three rings, three times, followed by a single ring as the last alarm.