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Firefighters honor fallen New York comrades during morning program, daylong blood donation event.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Firefighters Association mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a ceremony and a blood drive.Portland firefighters mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony and a blood drive Wednesday morning.

Portland Firefighters Association and Portland Fire & Rescue host a ceremony honoring 343 New York firefighters who died while trying to save people in the World Trade Center, 11 a.m., at the Eastbank Esplanade, 5 S.E. Madison St., near Fire Station 21.

"Our members believe it's our duty and honor every year to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives 18 years ago trying to save others," said Alan Ferschweiler, Portland Firefighters Association president.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross host the sixth annual Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive at Fire Station 1, 55 S.W. Ash St. The blood drive continues until 5:30 p.m.

"For the past six years, Portland Fire & Rescue has hosted a September 11 blood drive because we wanted to offer an avenue of action for people to acknowledge this day of deep significance for first responders," said Fire Chief Sara Boone.

"We appreciate Portland Fire & Rescue responding to the call to help patients in need year after year," said Amie Rawson, director of Donor Recruitment for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "The annual Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive offers a way for area residents to support these local heroes and help save a life by giving blood."


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