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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Clear Creek Remembers 9/11


Clear Creek Remembers 9/11
Sept. 13, 2018 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – Clear Creek EMS, Fire Authority, Idaho Springs Police Dept. and the Sheriff’s Office joined Tuesday in Idaho Springs with area first responders and local residents to remember those lost and those who responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

This year’s remembrance started with a stair climb at the Ameristar Resort and Casino in Black Hawk, where volunteers and first responders climbed 116 floors in four laps—exceeding total levels of the World Trade Center by six floors. According to the City of Black Hawk’s website, “..this event is not a race, rather a gathering to honor the fallen, help those who were affected that day, and let the world know we will never forget…” Participants climbed to pay tribute to the fallen 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, 8 EMTs, and three state officers whose photos lined the stairwells.

In addition to the stair climb, Clear Creek’s Veterans’ Services Officer, Troy Erickson, organized a silent parade along Miner St. (Idaho Springs) complete with a color guard from Ridge View Academy, first responders/vehicles from the Central City Fire Dept., Timberline Fire Protection District, the Clear Creek County Veterans’ Coalition, and a bag piper leading the parade. Speakers included: Karen Hager, Clear Creek Veterans Coalition; Melody Mesmer, Foundation 1023; Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman; and an invocation by local Pastor Bill Robertson. The ceremony ended with a bell ringing and the reading of 105 names of Colorado Service Members killed in action following the 9/11 attacks---in Afghanistan or Iraq. Participants were then invited to the Westbound & Down Restaurant for a remembrance toast.

“I wanted to thank all our first responders in and around our County, who took the time to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price on 9/11,” said Erickson. “Coming together as a community each year to remember that fateful day and how America has grown stronger since then, is something we can all be proud of.”


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