Phoenix remembers 9/11 victims and rescuers

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The City of Phoenix held a 9/11 memorial on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The City of Phoenix held a 9/11 memorial on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Fire and Police Honor Guards joined together to play “Amazing Grace” and perform a bell ceremony. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Fire and Police Honor Guards joined together to play “Amazing Grace” and perform a bell ceremony. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Attendees paid their respects to the victims and survivors of 9/11 at the annual event. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Attendees paid their respects to the victims and survivors of 9/11 at the annual event. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

On Monday morning, the City of Phoenix held a ceremony to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York City, Washington D.C. and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 16th annual September 11th Memorial Event at Phoenix City Hall included the posting of an American flag that flew over Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center in September of 2001.

"We were getting ready to discuss breakfast and all of a sudden every 911 line lit up and we knew something happened," said Joseph Epstein, who was a dispatcher during that time. "I can still hear things in my head, voices, Manhattan units calling for help on the Queens radio for help because they couldn't through and they were getting buried." 

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On September 11, 2001, four commercial airline planes headed to the west coast were hijacked by terrorist extremists. The event marked the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

David Salvador is a retired NYC detective. He remembered the dozens of personal friends he lost.

"This week every year I remember being at Ground Zero," said Salvador. "It's hard. Sometimes you deal with survivors remorse. You remember the sites, the sounds, the smells never go away. You kind of relive that day every single year."

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Sixteen years later, City of Phoenix employees honored and remembered those lost. Attendees paid their respects to the victims and survivors of 9/11 at the annual event. The Fire and Police Honor Guards joined together to play “Amazing Grace” and perform a bell ceremony.

Reliving is hard but for the some of those who attended Monday's service, it's part of never forgetting the thousands of innocent people and the bravery of those who ran into a crumbling tower, not knowing if they'd be able to run out.

"Up in heaven, God, We have a great fire department up there now," said Epstein.

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