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9/11 ceremony Thursday
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Dawson County public safety personnel will continue their commitment to "never forget" on Thursday, when they will hold a memorial service to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony, which alternates between Dawson County Emergency Services and Sheriff's Office, is set for 8:30 a.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 393 Memory Lane.

According to Lanier Swafford, chief of emergency services, which plays host this year, the ceremony is held to honor those who have and currently serve as an emergency response worker.

"Sept. 11 is one of the most defining moments in our nation's history for this generation and the sacrifices that day and since by our military and homeland security forces - fire, EMS, emergency management, 911 and law enforcement - should never be forgotten," he said.

He went on to note that the event will forever stay with the lives of every American, not just those who worked the area or had brothers- and sisters-in-arms who did.

"It created a new level of threats, and along with that needs for awareness and security each and every day and on each and every call," Swafford said. "We never know what situations we will be responding into."