Monday is the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department marked the occasion with brief remembrance ceremonies at each of its 10 fire stations.
Each LPFD remembrance began at 6:45 a.m. when fire engines, firefighters and guests joined on the front driveway. A moment of silence followed at 6:59 a.m. after an announcement from fire dispatch, in recognition of the time when the World Trade Center's South Tower fell in 2001.
Flags were lowered to half-staff at 7 a.m. and military and public safety personnel stood at attention and salute at the direction of the fire command leader. The audience disbursed at 7:02 a.m., with residents invited to speak with the firefighters and view LPFD equipment.
LPFD command team members were spread across the stations, with Fire Chief Ruben Torres at Station 1 (3560 Nevada St. in Pleasanton).
The other LPFD station locations are:
Station 2: 6300 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton
Station 3: 3200 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton
Station 4: 1600 Oak Vista Pkwy., Pleasanton
Station 5: 1200 Machado Place, Pleasanton
Station 6: 4550 East Ave., Livermore
Station 7: 951 Rincon Ave., Livermore
Station 8: 5750 Scenic Ave., Livermore
Station 9: 1919 Cordoba Ave., Livermore
Station 10: 330 Airway Blvd., Livermore.
Tom Burnett Lane, between Stoneridge and Johnson drives near Thoratec offices, was adorned with American flags and flowers to memorialize the street's namesake. The late Burnett, a San Ramon resident and senior vice president and chief operating officer at Thoratec, was aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 and with fellow passengers helped divert the hijacked plane from a more populated target.
Another key Tri-Valley ceremony to honor the first responders and victims of those attacks is set to take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Danville.
The ceremony will feature guest speakers, police and fire department honor guards, hundreds of young Scouts and the Monte Vista High School choir -- at the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road in Danville.
Las Positas College commemorated 9/11 on Wednesday by hosting a keynote address by Joe Torrillo, a New York Fire Department lieutenant and 9/11 survivor.