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Pleasanton officials remember emergency personnel who died on 9/11

Local firefighters promise to never forget victims

Pleasanton firefighters, police and residents gathered Friday to salute the emergency workers and civilians who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 14 years ago.

A ceremony at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters on Nevada Street reiterated local firefighters' promise to never forget the first responders who died doing their jobs.

"They lost their lives doing what they -- and we -- all train for," fire chief Ruben Torres said. "We also take this time to remember how quickly life can change."

Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including 72 police officers and 343 members of the New York Fire Department, Torres said.

About 30 people gathered this morning for the Pleasanton remembrance ceremony, which included the ringing of a ceremonial bell. A bagpipe performer played a song, "Going Home."

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