On Sept. 11, 2018, Key Peninsula Fire District 16 commemorated the 9/11 attacks 17 years earlier with a formal ceremony lowering the headquarters’ flag to half-mast. 

District chaplain Doug Patterson addressed the assembled company, including Fire Chief Guy Allen, Assistant Chief Hal Wolverton, the on-duty personnel of C Shift under Acting Battalion Chief Brent Adams, and members of the Key Peninsula Veterans group. 

Patterson quoted the words of comfort for times of trauma by Fred Rogers: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,” saying that is where hope can be found. 

Prevention and Public Information Officer Anne Nesbit also spoke, saying, “Today we remember the 6,000 injured and nearly 3,000 lives taken from us. We honor the courage of those who put themselves in harm’s way to save people they never knew. We come together in gratitude for the strength that has fortified us across these 17 years. But in the end, the most enduring memorial to those we lost is ensuring in America that we continue to be—that we stay true to ourselves; that we stay true to what is best in us.” 

Photos: Ted Olinger, KP News