Remembering, Resolving, Saluting

In 2002, one man stood alone in Warren on Sept. 11, in honor of the dead from one year earlier. For the next 11 years, ‘Bunky’ Froman stood with firemen, EMTs, police and citizens in remembrance of the first responders at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and at a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

This year, as in years past, a ceremony was held at the Warren County Memorial Park organized by Ed and Ruth Seebeck with the help of dozens of volunteers.

“We are not New York City; we are not Washington D.C.,” Froman said. However, he added that we will be home safe today because of the everyday heroes in our community. The police, firemen and emergency personnel that respond to a call not knowing what may come next, and their families knowing that every day can be dangerous.

He spoke of all of those killed, including people from over 90 nations. “They died on our soil… we honor them.”

Ruth Seebeck said that they wanted to involve children in the ceremony, so children who were in fifth grade last year wrote essays on the importance of first responders. The second and third place essays were written by Riley Horner and Becca Emple of Youngsville Elementary/Middle School, and the first place entry was written by Matthew Loewenheim of Warren Area Elementary Center.

Loewenheim read to the gathering the story of his father, Dan, a helicopter EMT, who lived in New York City in 2001 and responded to the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11.

Presentations were also made by State Rep. Kathy Rapp; Warren County Commissioner John Bortz; Todd Lake, Warren County Public Safety Director ,and Rich Barrett, Warren County Fire Services president.

Mary Froman became very emotional as she read the names of county first responders that had died in the past 12 months.

County 911 operators, junior firefighters and members of the Warren Police Department Explorer Post 312 were honored with citations.