At 8:59 a.m. on Sunday morning—exactly 10 years to the day that the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed—the siren of a single fire truck could be heard in St. Louis Park.
Residents joined city firefighters in silence as they stood outside . When the siren stopped, fire chief Luke Stemmer stepped forward with tears in his eyes.
"I always get choked up on this day," he said to the crowd.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters and paramedics were killed as they rushed to save people following the terrorist attacks. Another 60 police officers died.
"It was a day a lot like today," Stemmer said. "The skies were sunny in New York.
"I ask that all of you, along with the St. Louis Park firefighters, remember the courage shown that day."