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Cokato Fire Department to honor fallen firefighters
Aug. 29, 2011
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5k run/walk planned for Saturday, Sept. 10

By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN – This Sept. 11 will mark the 10th anniversary of the day 343 firefighters gave their lives in the line of duty during the deadliest terrorist attack against the US.

To honor those firefighters, the Cokato Fire Department is sponsoring a 5k run/walk which will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

“Other fire departments in the US are planning benefits (and climbing 110 flights of stairs), but we don’t have a building that big in Cokato,” said Cokato firefighter Jeff Amundsen. “A run/walk is something everyone can do.”

Registration is $20 per runner/walker over the age of 10, which includes a T-shirt if registered before Friday, Sept. 2.

The event will take place in Cokato, starting at the intersection of Fourth Street and Millard Avenue, and finishing at Seventh Street and Broadway Avenue.

Forms to register can be picked up at White Front Meat Market, from any Cokato firefighter, at Cokato City Hall or requested by e-mail at run4_life@yahoo.com.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a foundation committed to helping the families and friends of fallen firefighters.

The fire department is also planning a flag raising to take place Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:46 a.m. (CST), the time the first tower was hit 10 years ago.

Tragedy strikes the US 10 years ago

September 11, 2001 marks the day that Al-Qaeda coordinated four deadly attacks on US soil using 19 hijackers who took control of four commercial jet airliners.

The following following timeline and death toll of the 9/11 attacks is taken from Wikipedia.

The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center were targeted by two of the airplanes, one hitting the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. and the second hitting the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.

All of the passengers and the hijackers were killed when the planes crashed into the towers, along with thousands of people working in the buildings.

Both of the towers collapsed within two hours of being hit by the airplanes.

A third plane crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., killing all on board as well as people on the ground, at the Pentagon.

The final plane, on its way to Washington, D.C., crashed in Shanksville, PA at 10:03 a.m., killing all on board, after passengers attempted to take control away from the hijackers.

In all, there were 2,977 victims of the attacks, 246 of whom were passengers on the four planes.

There were 125 casualties at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel.

Of the 2,606 people killed in New York City at the World Trade Center, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers or members of the Port Authority, and eight were emergency medical technicians and paramedics with private companies.

There were citizens from more than 70 countries who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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