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Paying respect in Edmonds on Sept. 11, 19 years later


Last updated 9/22/2020 at 4:38pm

Brian Soergel

Hunter Jernigan visited the 9-11 Memorial at the Edmonds Firefighters Memorial Park before his shift driving for King County Metro.

Although there was no in-person ceremony at the 9-11 Memorial in Edmonds due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors made their way to the Edmonds Firefighters Memorial Park throughout the day to pay their respects.

Hunter Jernigan, who lives in Northgate, stopped by in the early afternoon before his shift driving a bus for King County Metro. He said he makes it a point to visit a 9-11 memorial every year, which has included the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial in Bremerton and South King Fire and Rescue 9/11 Memorial in Federal Way.

"I have to come pay my respects," he said. "I've never been to this one in Edmonds before, so I wanted to come see it. It's nice."

Jernigan was born in the Bronx, grew up in Brooklyn, and still visits relatives in New York. He's lived in the Seattle area for 25 years.

Jernigan said he had two cousins by marriage who died in the Twin Towers and a first cousin – who survived – trapped in the city on that fateful day.

Jernigan hasn't made it back to the 9-11 memorial and museum; he said the last time he visited the site was a few years after the 2001 attack.

Brian Soergel

The 9-11 Memorial in Edmonds.

"The pictures you saw on TV, they didn't do it justice. I stood on the corner and cried the first time I saw it. When I was young, I used to see the Towers everywhere."

Virtual celebration

South County Fire created a virtual video in honor of Sept. 11 victims – which included many firefighters, police, and other first responders, on its Facebook page.

To watch, go to https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyFire/videos/876484326218929/.

Speaking in the video are Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson, Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless, retired Snohomish County Fire District 1 Capt. Andy Speier (a former FDNY firefighter), South County Fire Chief Thad Hovis, and Firefighter David "Bronco" Erickson.

The video also shows a brief flag ceremony at the memorial featuring the South County Fire Honor Guard and bugler Debbie Dawson.


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