GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Tuesday morning marked 17 years since the attacks and local firefighters took the time to honor the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attacks.
This is a tradition across the Grand Valley where firefighters stand on I-70 overpasses and at busy intersections, displaying the American flag.
At 8:45am the crews took a 3 minute and forty-three second silence to salute and honor the lives of the 343 firefighters who died responding to the twin towers.
The Regional Grand Junction Communications Center said over the scanners "To honor the lives of the lives lost on September 11th at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to further honor the lives of fallen first responders we will now salute for 3:43."
It wasn’t just first responders, many residents came out to show their support. Waving flags alongside them and thanking our own firefighters.
"It just drives home the fact that what we do, we're here to serve the public, we love our job and it is dangerous but you know we all put our lives on the line and would probably do the same thing as every one of them did that day,” said Brandi Manupella, Fire Captain for GJFD.