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Cudahy — St. John Lutheran Church, Cudahy, hosted a free, outdoor 9/11 event to commemorate the tragedy of 2001, but also to pay tribute to all First Responders – the police and fire department personnel – whose role it is to protect both people and property.

At 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11, the Cudahy police closed off Lake Drive from Munkwitz to Somers  avenues to display a number of police vehicles, plus two fire engines, for the more than 100 people who turned out to remember 9-11 and to honor  the police and fire personnel of St. Francis, Cudahy and South Milwaukee.

The flag ceremonies were performed by the honor guard of the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Linda Seaman, retired Cudahy High School choir director, sang the National Anthem, and Peter Roth, also a music teacher, played taps.

Sharing the historical account of September 11, 2001, plus serving as master of ceremonies, was the Rev. Carl Krueger.

Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt and South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks, both addressed the crowd, praising the dedication and the faithfulness of each cities’ police and fire personnel. St. Francis was represented by Officer Kevin Jackson.

The Rev. Vesey, pastor of St. John, offered prayers in remembrance of those lives lost in 2001, and in asking for God’s blessing of protection for all police and fire personnel. Cudahy Police Chief Thomas Poellot and Fire Chief Daniel Mayer were present, along with County Supervisor David Sartori.  Letters were received from Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

As many as 25 police and fire personnel participated in the event, greeting the citizens, and allowing them to inspect the police and fire vehicles.  Cudahy’s canine unit and crime scene investigation van were of special interest to many individuals. Cudahy’s ladder vehicle provided the platform to fly the huge American flag.

St. John members provided the gift of special imprinted coffee mugs for all police and fire personnel of the three cities, and St. John members offered free baked goods to all in attendance.

This 9-11 event was part of St. John’s 110th anniversary observance.  A special 110th Anniversary 10 a.m. worship service and a 1 p.m. catered dinner at Pulaski Inn are planned for Sunday, Oct. 16.

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