White Marsh to Ground Zero: Supporting Fallen Firefighters
Weeks after 9/11, Baltimore County firefighters assisted in several New York City funerals.
In the weeks following the Sept. 11 attacks, hundreds of funerals were held for fallen New York City firefighters. During several of these, Baltimore County professional and volunteer fire companies volunteered men and women to line the streets and assist in the public services.
“It’s like any other firefighter funeral. You’re upset and you cry when they play the bagpipes, and you don’t even know the people," said Lt. Jack Amrhein, a professional county firefighter and White Marsh volunteer. "As soon as they start playing bagpipes, it just starts the tears rolling."
A memorial in the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company now hangs in a station meeting room. On one side are the faces of firefighters killed in the World Trade Center collapse. On the other is a collage of photos taken by county firefighters who assisted in funerals.
Amrhein and White Marsh public information officer James Clements spoke with Patch about their experiences at ground zero. A selection of their comments and memorial photos can be found in the above audio slideshow.