Never forget | 9/11 anniversary

Rich Harvey

Islanders shed their tears in a silent communion today as they remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11.

“I don’t like this day. It hurts and it’s sad,“ said  Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien. “ Sad for the country and for the world. Sept. 11 changed everything and affects every single person.”

It was an emotional day at Orcas Fire and Rescue as policemen, firefighters, community members and students gathered to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

The audience heard from O’Brien, former New Yorker Maura O’Neill, Councilman Rick Hughes, OIFR Chaplain Scott Harris and Undersheriff Bruce Distler, who spoke of recognizing the service that policemen and firefighters provide.

O’Brien shared how 9/11 affected him personally.

“I exercise a little more care and caution,” said O’Brien.  “I appreciate my children and this wonderful country we live in.”

The event included a performance by Nancy Knapp’s fifth grade students and the Orcas Community Band.

“We must remember what happened move forward positively,” said O’Brien.OIFR is working on building a Sept. 11 monument from a girder from New York City.


The Islands’ Sounder asked its readers to submit stories about how the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks affected them. To read them, go here.