WATCH: Lincoln honors fallen 9/11 heroes and first responders

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Watch Lincoln’s 9/11 First Responder Ceremony.

The virtual Patriot Day Ceremony was hosted by Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) live at 8:45 a.m. Friday. The event was held to pay tribute to the 412 first responders who died in the line of duty in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said as we remember the tragic event, we are all united in “our awe and admiration of the selfless acts of first responders.”

Although the day is to commemorate those we’ve lost in the 9/11 attacks, Mayor Gaylor Baird said it’s also important to remember heroes we’ve lost in our own community.

“Here in Lincoln, we are in the midst of a period of mourning for our local fallen hero, Lincoln police investigator Mario Herrera. Today, we honor his memory, as well.”

The LFR Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum Corps performed the flag-raising.

Following some heartfelt words from Interim Fire Chief Mike Despain, remembering the “spirit of America and the spirit of first responders,” during the tragedy, the event included some shocking audio from 9/11 radio traffic.

Channel 8 would like to thank all of our first responders, both active and past.

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