SUISUN CITY — Capt. Marc Renucci braved the Suisun City breezes for the second year in a row Wednesday to ring the bell in front of the fire station.
Like others around the nation, Renucci was there to remember the anniversary of 9/11. Between 5:46 and 7:28 a.m., he pulled a long white nylon cord, tethered to the bell, six times. Each bell ring symbolized one of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The first one came at the time that Flight 11 hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.
The second ring came at 6:03 a.m., when Flight 175 was flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
Renucci rang the bell a third time, at 6:37 a.m. to mark the time when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.
The fourth ring was 22 minutes later, at 6:59 a.m., when the south tower collapsed.
The last two rings symbolized the time Flight 93 hit the ground near Shanksville, Pa., and the time the north tower fell.
Lorraine Vines came from Fairfield to listen to the toll on the big red bell.
“I thought it was touching,” she said, after photographing Renucci as he rang the bell.
She had family in New York on 9/11.
“They went through a horrific experience,” Vines said. “But we all did.”
Vines also wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices firefighters made that day.
“Fireman show the ultimate love for the community,” she said.
Across the street from the fire station, Ken Miller raised the American flag on a pole in his front yard.
“It was a tragic day for us in the United States,“ he said.
Miller was heading to work and unaware of what was transpiring on the East Coast on that day in 2001. Once at work, when he found out what had happened, Miller said everything came to a halt.
Living across from the fire station has made him appreciate even more the sacrifices made by first responders on 9/11, he said.
Miller said he would like to see the country come together again as it did 12 years ago.
“We should be as one,” he said. “There should be no divisions between us.”
Renucci, who has been in firefighting since 1977 and with Travis Air Force Base since 1981, said it means a lot to him to be able to ring the bell. He did it last year and expects to do it again in 2014.
He has volunteered for 20 years with the Suisun City Fire Department.
After the bell ringing, the American and California flags were lowered to half-staff.
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