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Altus Air Force Base performed the “Last Alarm” ceremony at 7:36 a.m. today, to honor the first responders, and the 343 N.Y.C. Fire Fighters and 23 Police Officers who died during the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. 97th Air Mobility Wing Col. William A. Spangenthal commented on the importance of remembering those who lost their lives during the attack, and recognized those who continue to serve for the safety and freedom of the nation. Several Altus community leaders were on hand for the ceremony including Altus Chamber of Commerce President Holley Urbanski, State Rep. Charles Ortega, Senator Mike Schulz, and members of the Military Affair Committee.During the “Last Alarm” ceremony, Technical Sgt. Allen Harris, Station Captain of the AAFB Fire Department, salutes the folded American flag set upon fire fighter boots and uniform, and the 343 helmet representing the 343 fire fighters and 23 NYC Police officers who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Following the final salute, Staff Sgt. Greg Verbiski - Crew Chief, performed the custom “Striking the Four Fives,” to honor those who lost their lives, by making five bell strikes four times.
Altus Air Force Base performed the “Last Alarm” ceremony at 7:36 a.m. today, to honor the first responders, and the 343 N.Y.C. Fire Fighters and 23 Police Officers who died during the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. 97th Air Mobility Wing Col. William A. Spangenthal commented on the importance of remembering those who lost their lives during the attack, and recognized those who continue to serve for the safety and freedom of the nation. Several Altus community leaders were on hand for the ceremony including Altus Chamber of Commerce President Holley Urbanski, State Rep. Charles Ortega, Senator Mike Schulz, and members of the Military Affair Committee.During the “Last Alarm” ceremony, Technical Sgt. Allen Harris, Station Captain of the AAFB Fire Department, salutes the folded American flag set upon fire fighter boots and uniform, and the 343 helmet representing the 343 fire fighters and 23 NYC Police officers who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Following the final salute, Staff Sgt. Greg Verbiski - Crew Chief, performed the custom “Striking the Four Fives,” to honor those who lost their lives, by making five bell strikes four times.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement on the anniversary of September 11, 2001.
“Twelve years after 9-11, the United States of America remains the world’s greatest beacon of liberty. Rather than allow the most devastating terrorist attack in national history to jeopardize or weaken our principles, we have redoubled our commitments to democratic freedoms and our opposition to tyranny and oppression.
“Today, let us remember and pray for the victims of 9-11 and their families. Let us also give thanks for the first responders, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, to save the lives of others. Finally, let’s express our gratitude for the men and women of our Armed Services who risk their lives to protect the liberty of others, both here at home and abroad.”


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