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September 11, 2001 is a date that most of us remember vividly…we know exactly where we were and what we were doing at the moment we got the call or saw it on TV. It was the day our nation was horrifically attacked and the day that thousands of first responders and ordinary citizens perished. So many lost…people who had simply gone to work that morning, just doing what they had always done. It was tragic and frightening and it shook our nation to its core. And it is for those we lost that we vow to Never Forget.

On September 7, 2019, Prosper Firefighter/Paramedic Bronson Wheeler and Part-time Prosper Firefighter Lindsey Tolin participated in the 9th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Renaissance Tower in Downtown Dallas. The event is a memorial to those first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th for those they swore to protect and serve. The symbolic memorial consisted of 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and 9 emergency medical personnel who climbed 110 stories, the same number of stories in the Twin Towers, carrying the name of a fallen brother. Hundreds of additional climbers represented those who have passed since 9/11 due to injury or illness from the attacks. Their motto…We Climb because They Climbed. On display for the hundreds of firefighters, police officers and first responders was the Prosper Fire Department’s 9/11 Mobile Memorial. The only known Mobile Memorial of its kind in the State, it consists of a recovered steel beam from one of the towers at the World Trade Center that has been placed on its own trailer and then decorated with remembrances. Somberly, each of the hundreds of climbers touched that piece of steel as they entered the building to start their climb.

On September 11, 2019 at 7:30am, the Prosper Fire Department then hosted a commemorative ceremony for our Prosper community. Over the last decade, the ceremony has been hosted at Central Fire Station, Frontier Park and most recently, at Prosper Town Hall.  The commemoration included a beautiful patriotic remembrance of the many lives lost in this tragedy – and on display once again was the Mobile Memorial. On the 18th anniversary of this event, the hope is that we remember and honor each of those who fell and those who still serve and protect…that we never forget the men, women and children who died at the hands of evil…and that we never forget how we banded together as ONE. We are a nation who comes together in times of tragedy for the sake of good and for the sake of our country. We showed the world that day, and in the days following, who America truly is…a nation who will always rise, even from the ashes.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our tallest buildings. But they cannot touch the foundation of AMERICA. WE WILL NOT TIRE…WE WILL NOT FALTER…WE WILL NOT FAIL.” – George W. Bush

Prosper Firefighter/Paramedic Bronson Wheeler
Photo by Joyce Godwin
Prosper 9/11 Ceremony
Photo by Marcus Ray
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