The Peabody Fire Department will hold an open ceremony Tuesday morning at its headquarters on Lowell Street to remember the nearly 3,000 civilian and first responder lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
9:50 a.m. Apparatus roll out of bays to appropriate location in front of station.
9:55 a.m. All available Fire Department personnel assemble at attention in front of apparatus and maintain silence followed by remarks by Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Fire Chief Steven E. Pasdon.
10:00 a.m. Fire alarm transmits special signal
Minute of silence
Prayer by chaplain, local minister or, in their absence, by any fire department member, followed by Firefighters' Prayer. (see below)
Fire alarm transmits special signal
Return to service
Oh God, we remember before you this day our brothers and sisters lost on September 11, 2001. We thank you for their example of courage and sacrifice. In your boundless compassion, console their families, friends, co-workers, and all who mourn their loss. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our journey and serve with honor, dignity and courage. Amen.
When I am called to duty, wherever flames may rage, give me the strength to save a life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if according to God?s will, I must answer death's call, bless with your protecting hand, my family, one and all. Amen.