Local ceremony observes Sept. 11 attacks

Charity Sjogren wanted to be in New York City Wednesday.

"For those of us who weren't, we want to do this," Sjogren said, regarding services commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Sjogren, an emergency medical technician with The Memorial Hospital Emergency Services, along with her colleagues, joined members of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, at noon outside the Moffat County Public Safety Center to pray and remember fallen brothers and sisters from Sept. 11.

The ceremony, under dreary wet skies, concluded with the playing of "Taps," as uniformed personnel lined up in front of their vehicles and stood at attention, saluting the American Flag.

John Husband, with the BLM, said his office had its own ceremony earlier Wednesday.

"There are people out there dedicated to tearing apart our freedoms and the things close to us," Husband said . "We can't forget."

The noon ceremony wasn't the first for Sgt. K.C. Hume, head investigator with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Hume, also a part-time firefighter with the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, took part with that group's ceremony at 6:47 a.m. as five blasts of a fire engine's horn marked the time the first plane slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

"It's important to remember those individuals who sacrificed everything, how we as a nation moved forward from that and how we continue to move forward," said Hume, also a certified EMT.

Hume said the intense focus on the worst terror attack in United States' history doesn't ever get to be too much.

"But in the days and weeks after, the images got to be overwhelming," he said.

Hume, a Craig native, and colleagues carry pagers that pull them away from just about anything, 24 hours a day. He said he has his own reasons for putting his life on such notice. Hume, prior to joining the local fire department, said EMTs one day responded to his own family emergency years ago.

That experience influenced his decision to become an EMT, Hume said.

"I wanted to return something back to the community," he said, adding others make his life possible.

"I'm very thankful for a loving and understanding family," he said, "who understands my need to be a part of emergency services."

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