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Bane, Deputies Honor 9/11 First Responders

Sheriff Jesse Bane calls for moment of silence to remember "America's heroes."

Two days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, law enforcement officers gathered outside the northern precinct. spoke Friday, honoring first responders who died almost 10 years ago.

concluded by asking everyone to bow their heads in a moment of silence, "paying tribute to America's heroes."

Bane, a sheriff's major in 2001, was 15 minutes late for his morning shift the day of the attacks. The news was on TV and as Bane was settling into work, the report of the first plane striking the World Trade Center was broadcast.

“There were about eight or nine of us inside at the time. We all went silent,” Bane told Patch after Friday's ceremony. “Each of us knows where and when and what we were doing when terrorists from another land struck."

The sheriff's office held its ceremony two days before the actual anniversary because officers will be safeguarding "infrastructure and critical sites" in the county Sunday, Bane said. The sheriff added that there is no intelligence of any terrorist threats in the county.

Deputies will wear a special pin on their uniform Sunday to honor victims lost in the attacks.

"If they could speak to us today," Bane said, "I believe they would tell us to be ever vigilant."

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