Firefighters, 1st responders holding 9-11 commemoration

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Firefighters in Charleston are honoring their colleagues who fell in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York 11 years ago.

Local firefighters gather Tuesday beneath the old fire bell tower at 116 Meeting Street in Charleston's historic district as they have each year since the attacks.

The fire bell rings for the first time at 9:58 a.m., when the first of the World Trade Center's two towers fell.

The bell is rung 343 times, once for each of the New York City fire fighters who died at the Twin Towers.

A commemoration will also be held at the Holliday Alumni Hall at The Citadel, located across from Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Newly-appointed City of Charleston Fire Chief Karen Brack will be in attendance as the Charleston Fire Department Honor Guard carries out a presentation of the colors.

Other fire and medical personnel from the area will be on site paying respects as well.

At Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, emergency responders from around the Lowcountry gathered to pay their respects in the school's Liberty Garden, which is home to a 9-11 commemorative medallion, made from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.

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