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Eastern Salisbury fire crew members prominent at Whitehall 9/11 tribute

Crew members from Eastern Salisbury Fire Department were among scores of military service, law enforcement, emergency medical and firefighting personnel from across the region gathering noon Sept. 11 at Mission BBQ restaurant, along Grape Street, Whitehall, to honor those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America.

A light but steady rain could not dampen the patriotic spirit of those attending the tribute ceremony. Emergency vehicles, rifle salutes and a bugler playing Taps were prominent as American flags fluttered amid uniformed first responders saluting at attention.

Nancy Smith, a Gold Star mother and the community ambassador for Mission BBQ, thanked all those in attendance for their service and invited all into the restaurant for a complimentary sandwich of their choice.

PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSH Military service, law enforcement, emergency medical and firefighter personnel salute as Bethlehem Legion bugler Robert Sedlock Jr. plays taps at a ceremony Sept. 11 to commemorate the 2001 attack on America held at the Mission BBQ restaurant, along Grape Street in Whitehall Township.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH The Bethlehem American Legion Post 379 rifle squad fires a three-volley salute to those lost Sept. 11, 2001 at Mission BBQ in Whitehall.
Eastern Salisbury Fire Department's 1952 International antique ceremonial fire engine is on prominent display at the 9/11 tribute service held Sept. 11 at Mission BBQ, in Whitehall.
Several Eastern Salisbury Fire Department crew members participate in a 9/11 tribute ceremony Sept. 11 at Mission BBQ, Whitehall. Shown are, from right to left: Safety Officer Dennis Takacs, Explorer Leighna Takacs and Assistant Chief Ryan Chu. Chief Engineer Robert Curcio is not pictured.