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Firemen Remember Brothers Lost In WTC

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Firefighters gathered at firehouses throughout the city Thursday to remember their brothers who died seven year ago in the World Trade Center attacks.

A total of 343 members of the Fire Department died on September 11th, 2001.

Many retired members of Engine 6 returned to the Beekman Street firehouse, located blocks away from the WTC site, saying it’s important to be there for each other.

"I retired in 2002 and every year we all come down and get together because this is home base,” said retired firefighters Kenneth King. “So there’s a lot of guys I know I'm going to see and this is where you have to be today."

"It’s just not a matter of never forgetting, it's always remembering,” said retired firefighter John Mixon. “Maybe it's one in the same, but to me it's just always, always remembering. Everyday thinking about it."

On the side of one of Engine 6's pump trucks is inscribed the names of the four members of that house who perished.

An emotional service was also held Thursday at a Brooklyn firehouse that lost five men on 9/11.

Firefighters joined the families of the victims of Ladder 131 and Engine 279 to mourn their loss and preserve their memories.

"It's like the closest to where he was for the last time," said the mother of one of the firefighters who perished. "It's the closest we are going to get, compared to going to Ground Zero. I find this warmer, a nicer place."

Firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 were also honored at the New York City Fire Museum Memorial in downtown Manhattan.

Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano led a moment of silence before laying a wreath in honor of his brave colleagues. He said the men, whose photos grace the walls of the museum, will never be forgotten.

"Many of us didn't come home that day so that's why it's important that we remember them today," said the fire chief, "and let their families know that they will not be forgotten, that the department is here for them and that this is what we do."

The City Fire Museum Memorial is open to the public Tuesday through Sundays.

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