Fairfield Township Firefighters

FairfieldTownshipFirefightersFairfield Township firefighters wear red to support military, in remembrance of terrorist attacks

Contributed By: Sue Kiesewetter | Enquirer contributor

Fairfield Township firefighters won’t be wearing their usual uniforms on Fridays. Instead the firefighters will be wearing specially designed T-shirts to honor those in the military and to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. “Unfortunately, I think most people have forgotten the horrors of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Chief David Downie. About 2,800 civilians, 343 firefighters and 75 police officers were killed just at New York’s World Trade Center. The T-shirts are part of a national effort promoted by RedShirtFridays.org. That group encourages those across the country to wear red T-shirts in support of the military. “They bleed red so we wear red,” is the group’s theme, according to its website. Fairfield Township’s firefighters designed their own shirt to include the 9-1-1 remembrance and received permission to wear the shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniforms. The new red T-shirts have the fire department’s emblem on the front. The back has an American flag, a firefighter and military figure kneeling with the words “Never Forget.” “Less than one percent of the population serves in uniform at a time when the country is engaged in one of the longest periods of sustained combat in history,” Downie said. “The Fairfield Township Fire Department supports our military and fellow firefighters each and every day and ask that the other 99 percent of our country do the same.”

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