Springfield to honor 9/11 first responders at Riverfront Park

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the past 17 years, the Raymond M. Sullivan Public Safety Complex has been the site of Springfield’s 9/11 Memorial Service.

Tuesday’s tribute to first responders lost on 9/11 was a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Raymond M. Sullivan public safety complex in Springfield. Brief this year, because a more extensive memorial service, will take place Wednesday afternoon at Springfield’s new 9/11 Memorial – dedicated just this past summer at Riverfront Park.

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Mayor Domenic Sarno along with acting police commissioner Cheryl Claprood and Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi thought it only proper to continue this wreath-laying at Springfield’s first 9/11 memorial in advance of September 11.

“Service is what this job is all about and those people who made the ultimate sacrifice that day exemplified service to their community and service to their fellow man,” said Commissioner Calvi.

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Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told 22News down through the years, 9/11 has impacted the futures of many young men and women in western Massachusetts.

“Either they went into the military because of September 11, or they want to be in public service first responders because of September 11,” said Commissioner Claprood.

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Mayor Domenic Sarno urged the public to attend Wednesday’s memorial service at the newly installed 9/11 memorial at Riverfront Park, the new permanent site for the icon honoring first responders who died on September 11, 2001.

“Never forget that when everybody else is running out of that building, our first responders, police fire and others are running into that building to save structures and to save lives,” said Mayor Sarno.

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Springfield’s 9/11 memorial service will be held at Riverfront Park Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m.

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