Tri-Town remembers 9/11 on 20th anniversary

Sep 11, 2021

On a day officials said felt eerily similar to 20 years prior, the Tri-Town remembered the 9/11 attacks with services and displays of solitude.

As the sun rose on Sept. 11, firefighters from the Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Fire Departments alongside teenage volunteers from the MMR Hose Co. participated in a stair climb at Old Rochester Regional High School.

The group climbed up and down 110 flights of stairs in full gear, while members rotated holding 200 feet of fire hose.

Every member of the group also carried a list of the names of the 343 firefighters who died during the 9/11 attacks.

Marion and Mattapoisett each held small remembrance services at the towns’ respective fire departments.

In Mattapoisett, the fire department gathered at 9:55 a.m. for a tolling of the bell, followed by a minute of full silence and recitation of the firefighter’s prayer.

In Marion, both town officials and State Sen. Marc Pacheco took time to speak before a similar remembrance ceremony.

“It actually feels a bit eerie,” Pacheco said. “The weather was similar to what we’re experiencing right now.”

On the day of the attacks, Pacheco was running for congress. He remembered a phone call that morning related to the campaign with the brother of a passenger who would later perish aboard one of the planes in the attacks. He went on to note the stark contrast between the normalcy of that routine phone call and the consequences of the events that transpired that day. 

The ceremony ended, as Mattapoisett’s did, with the tolling of the bell and prayers.

Fire Chief Brian Jackvony signaled the bell for the firefighters who lost their lives, and Police Chief Richard Nighelli facilitated an end of watch call for the police officers who died in the attacks.