9/11/01 - 9/11/12

Eleven years later, the fire departments of the Barkhamsted Fire District remember.  A number of our personnel participated in memorial services in 2011 in both Barkhamsted and New Hartford.


We share below some images from these services as well as an inspirational speech by Riverton Deputy Chief Norman Bird.

TOWN OF BARKHAMSTED
9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICE
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

I speak to you today on behalf of all the firefighters in Barkhamsted. We have three fire departments in the great town of Barkhamsted: Barkhamsted East, Pleasant Valley and Riverton.

Barkhamsted firefighters were ready to go to help our brother firefighters in New York ten years ago today. We were horrified. We were scared. But we were ready. It is inherent in our job as firefighters always to be ready to go… to help.

Part of the love of the fire service is the brotherhood that we share around our town, our county, our state, our country and the world with those that stand ready to respond to save lives and property. We love to see and meet fellow firefighters wherever we go. We grieve together at the loss of any firefighter… anywhere.

We share in the world-wide grief of the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001. Their bravery will always be remembered. We will never forget them. 

Riverton’s Tanker 34 which was built in September 2001 speaks plainly to this,

“Never Forget 9-11”

We shall never forget them.

God Bless America!

NORMAN BIRD, DEPUTY CHIEF
RIVERTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY