Community thanks first responders

9/11 commemoration
By: Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer
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The role of first responders – forever intertwined with Sept. 11, 2001 – was remembered and honored Thursday evening in Auburn. With the park not available on the actual eighth anniversary Friday, Grace Christian Fellowship played host to local law enforcement members, the chaplains who counsel them, and firefighters. “We’re telling all the department thanks for what they do every day,” said Doug Baker, Grace Christian Fellowship minister. “This helps us never forget that day.” Congregation members served dinner and five $300 checks were presented to Auburn Police, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Fire Department, Gold Country Chaplaincy, and Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. Sept. 11 is a day that means much to law enforcement. “It’s a reminder of how great this country is and how many sacrifices are made for our freedoms,” said Auburn Police Chief Valerie Harris. “We can’t forget.” Capt. Dave Keyes, of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, said 9/11 serves as a day to remember protectors inside the nation and outside its borders. “It’s an opportunity to honor those protecting our country both overseas and at home,” Keyes said. Jim Milne, lead chaplain with the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, said the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are still being felt. “Law enforcement knows that the threats are still real and work every day to fight them,” Milne said.