Fallen Minn. Firefighters Honored During Ceremony
A single bell began to ring at 1:58 p.m. in St. Paul Sunday. It was soon joined by bells across Minnesota as the state remembered the sacrifice of 208 men and women who answered the call but didn't come home.
The last Sunday in September marks Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Day.
Gov. Mark Dayton called Minnesota's firefighters "heroes."
"I'm in awe of the incredible courage it takes to fight a raging fire, to rush into a burning building, or race down a crowded street to save the life of a stranger," he said.
The governor ordered that flags fly at half staff, "Our thank you is terribly inadequate, but it is also truly sincere."
Family members attended the ceremony, like Todd Klaenhammer, who lost his dad. He watched as his dad's name was unveiled on the memorial, along with the other 207 firefighters who lost their lives. "It puts it in stone. It's something that will be there so that we don't forget."
A flock of white doves carried prayers and gratitude to the sky at the ceremony.