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Never Forget: Wisconsin first responders honor victims of September 11 attacks

Never Forget: Wisconsin first responders honor victims of September 11 attacks
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Never Forget: Wisconsin first responders honor victims of September 11 attacks

MADISON, Wis. - Area first responders are remembering the victims and families impacted by the September 11 attacks.

Eighteen years ago today, 19 people associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against the United State 

A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, D.C. and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The attacks in New York City caused the north and south towers of the World Trade Center to collapse. 

The New York City Medical Examiner's Office has been working to identify the remains of the 2,753 people reported missing in the terror attacks, according to CNN.

In Washington, D.C., 184 people were killed when a plane crashed into the Pentagon. 

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members died when a plane crashed into a field. It is believed that hijackers crashed the plane in the field, rather than its intended target, after those on board tried to retake control of the flight deck, according to CNN.

Several local fire and police departments are using social media to remember the sacrifices made 18 years ago.

The DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS department posted a photo showing the times the attacks happened, asking people to never forget the sacrifices made.

Firefighters in Arlington posted a timeline and quote from John Kerry, an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State. 

The Belmont Fire Department is remembering the 343 firefighters killed during the 9/11 terror attacks.

According to CNN, of the 2,977 victims killed on September 11, 343 were firefighters with the New York City Fire Department,  37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and 23 police officers with the New York City Police Department.

The Cambridge Fire Department is asking people to give their loved ones an extra hug today. Firefighters there want people to talk about the attacks and never forget the sacrifices made by so many that day.

The Rio Fire Department also remembered the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The department encouraged people to live life to the fullest. 

First responders in Argyle shared photos of artifacts collected from the scene of the terror attacks. They shared those photos on the Argyle-Adams Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page. 

The Madison Fire Department and Madison Police Department held a ceremony Wednesday morning in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.  A special flag was draped over Fire Station 14 in Madison as a way for the community to remember the lives lost 18 years ago today.

Firefighters in Elkhorn also shared an image as a way to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

The Lone Rock Fire Department is reflecting on the attacks through three words: bravery, sacrifice and honor.

Officers with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Police Department are asking people to use Wednesday as a day dedicated to reflection and honor.

Stay with News 3 Now as we continue to remember the bravery shown and sacrifices made 18 years ago today.

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