The crowd looks on during the Sept. 11 remembrance event at Station 64 on Wednesday. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

The crowd looks on during the Sept. 11 remembrance event at Station 64 on Wednesday. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Federal Way marks 9/11 anniversary

‘I remember what our nation was like in October. I remember what we were like as people,’ Fire Department of New York Capt. Michael M. Dugan.

First responders, community members, city officials, parents and children gathered on Wednesday afternoon at Fire Station 64 in Federal Way to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Dozens of attendees heard recollections of the life-changing event from South King Fire and Rescue Chief Dr. Allen Church, chaplain Corby Hunich, driver engineer Jacob Czekanski and keynote speaker Capt. Michael M. Dugan, a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York.

Sarah Goodin, 8 years old, performed “Amazing Grace,” for the dozens of attendees at the Sept. 11 event.

As a Lieutenant, Dugan served in Ladder Company 42 in the South Bronx. While assigned as a firefighter in Ladder Company 43 in Spanish Harlem, Dugan received the James Gordon Bennett Medal in 1992 and the Harry M. Archer Medal in 1993, the FDNY’s highest honor for bravery.

Including his volunteer service, Dugan has been involved in the fire service for 46 years. Dugan was one of the first responders at ground zero 18 years ago on Sept. 11.

“What I love to talk about when I talk about this is not September 10, not September 11, but October,” Dugan said. “Later.”

Dugan said he doesn’t remember much of the rest of September, due to the repercussions of the terrorist attacks, but he will always remember the unity of a nation that emerged the following month.

“But I remember October. I remember what our nation was like in October. I remember what we were like as people,” he told the crowd.

“We were all brothers and sisters. It did not matter the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, it did not matter if you were Republican, Democrat, or libertarian — it did not matter. We were Americans. We were one nation. We were together.”

Station 64’s memorial and the annual event hosted by South King Fire is paid for by community contributions to the South King Firefighters Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, visit firefightersfoundation.org.

South King Fire and Rescue chaplain Corby Hunich speaks during the Sept. 11 remembrance event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

South King Fire and Rescue chaplain Corby Hunich speaks during the Sept. 11 remembrance event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Sarah Goodin, 8 years old, performs “Amazing Grace,” during the Sept. 11 event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Sarah Goodin, 8 years old, performs “Amazing Grace,” during the Sept. 11 event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Keynote speaker Capt. Michael M. Dugan, a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Keynote speaker Capt. Michael M. Dugan, a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A girl touches a part of South King Fire and Rescue’s memorial honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A girl touches a part of South King Fire and Rescue’s memorial honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A person prays before a 10-foot steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York, which is part of the South King Fire and Rescue’s memorial honoring the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A person prays before a 10-foot steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York, which is part of the South King Fire and Rescue’s memorial honoring the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

The crowd applauds Sarah Goodin’s performance at the Sept. 11 event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

The crowd applauds Sarah Goodin’s performance at the Sept. 11 event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A bagpipe player performs at the Sept. 11 remembrance event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A bagpipe player performs at the Sept. 11 remembrance event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A member of South King Fire’s Honor Guard salutes the American flag prior to Wednesday’s event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A member of South King Fire’s Honor Guard salutes the American flag prior to Wednesday’s event. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

South King Fire and Rescue driver engineer Jacob Czekanski. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
                                South King Fire and Rescue driver engineer Jacob Czekanski. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

South King Fire and Rescue driver engineer Jacob Czekanski. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo South King Fire and Rescue driver engineer Jacob Czekanski. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

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