San Francisco firefighters hold 9/11 remembrance ceremony

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The San Francisco Fire Department and city officials held a memorial to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. (KGO-TV)

The San Francisco Fire Department and city officials held a memorial to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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There were 343 names read at the ceremony -- they may be strangers, but these firefighters know their names could just as easily be on a list like this one.

"You'll read a name and it's not someone you know, but you can connect it to someone. You can say alright this name sounds like this person," said San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter.

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Station number 7 in San Francisco held its annual tribute this morning to the first responders who died on 9/11. Even though the attacks were 16 years ago, long time veterans still get choked up thinking about it - especially since a new group of young firefighters just became members of the team.

"Watching these baby firefighters working their first day yesterday - we have a huge responsibility," said San Francisco Fire Department Asst. Chief Tom Siragusa.

The department is also a bit raw today because a beloved battalion chief died yesterday. The command staff skipped the ceremony and instead spent the morning at other stations, consoling those who worked with him.

"I know a lot of our members are having a hard time dealing with the grieving process, as every family we are sticking strong together and making sure needs are attended to," said Baxter.

The public was also missing at today's event. In the past a huge crowd has gathered here- today- only two people showed up.

"We used to have a lot more people from the neighborhood around and I know people have busy lives and maybe September 11 comes and goes but not for us," said Siragusa.

One woman who was at the ceremony was a native New Yorker who lives around the corner from the firestation. She goes to the ceremony every year because she says we should never forget.

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