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A LASTING TRIBUTE

BROTHERHOOD – Members of Congerville Fire and Rescue stand amidst the flags they set out each year to remember their 343 fellow firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 (For the Journal/Mya Wiegand).

CONGERVILLE - Members of the Fire & Rescue teams set up 343 American flags annually in honor of firefighters who perished during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Putting the flags out in honor of the 343 firemen that passed away on that awful September day shows that we support them, love them and have the same common goal that each and every one of them had the day when they were called to duty on Sept. 11. It is a tremendous sign of respect for paying the highest price.” Fire Chief Kevin Wiegand said.

The tribute was the brainchild of Dan Stephens, who has been with the village's fire department since 1982. He added the flags have always been a department effort and he has never had trouble getting others to volunteer to help put them up.

In addition, the group will hold its annual fundraiser this Saturday, which starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. at the fire house. A pulled pork chop supper will take place at the grade school from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a silent auction. All proceeds will be geared toward equipment and training.

See article on Sept. 12 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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