Wilton paying tribute to those lost on 9/11

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WILTON — The town will once again come together to remember and pay tribute to those who died on Sept. 1, 2001, including five Wilton residents.

Edward Fergus, Peter C. Fry, John Henwood, John F. Iskyan and Edward P. York — these names will continue to live on through the memories of friends, family and all of Wilton as residents will line the front of the fire headquarters on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

“It is important for all of us to ‘never forget’ what happened that morning,” Fire Chief Jim Blanchfield said Friday in anticipation of the 21st anniversary of the attacks in downtown Manhattan. “Not only the catastrophic loss of life due to the cowardly acts of a few, but also the heroic efforts of many to save as many lives as possible.”

The five Wilton residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001 are memorialized on a plaque at the fire department headquarters’ flagpole, and town officials will be on hand to speak to their memory and pay tribute to all lives lost.

“We wish to honor and recognize the five Wilton residents, the 343 New York City firefighters, 60 police officers, the 8 EMT/paramedics, our military brothers and sisters lost defending our country’s freedoms and values, and the emergency workers who lost their lives in the years following the attack, due to the cancers and ailments attributable to their recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site,” said Gary Mandel, president of Wilton Firefighters, Local 2233.

Following the ceremony and laying of the wreath, the fire department will welcome in residents for coffee and refreshments.