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Catalina Foothills High School honors 9/11 victims, first responders

Posted at 11:51 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 21:42:57-04

Students at Catalina Foothills High School organized a school-wide assembly on Tuesday in remembrance of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, 9/11.

Ceremony honorees were members of local law enforcement including Tucson Police, Marana Police, Tucson Fire, Rural Metro Fire, and the Pima County Sheriff's Office. 

The ceremony started at 9:32 a.m. with the Davis-Monthan color guard and Catalina Foothills High School band playing the national anthem. 

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One of the keynote speakers was Marana Police Officer Dan Rowan, who was a first responder on 9/11.


Rowan shared what it was like as a firefighter for the New York Fire Department the day hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center. 

Although the majority of the students at the assembly were not yet born when 9/11 happened, Rowan urged them to get to know the victims of the horrific attack. 343 New York firefighters died that day. Most of Rowan's crew of 15 did not survive.

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Rowan retired from FDNY three years later.

The ceremony concluded with student body president, Peris Lopez, asking her fellow classmates to be kind to one another, not just on the anniversary of 9/11, but everyday.