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YSU remembers fallen first responders of 9/11 attacks

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A September 11 service was held at Youngstown State University to remember the first responders who died in the line of duty on that day.

One by one, cadets at YSU's Department of Criminal Justice read the names of each man and woman who died serving in the police or fire departments during the 9/11 attacks.

Many of these students will soon become law enforcement officers themselves.

It's important to them to understand they may have to put other lives ahead of their own in the call of duty.

"It's a great honor to be here and try to represent those names, mostly of the forgotten, but try to make sure they are not forgotten. It brings you honor to know you are going to follow in their steps and hopefully do great things for your communities or towns," said Cadet Joseph Hamilton of Salem. 

Organizers of the memorial said we need to understand these were people with families.

Seeing a face and reading a name makes it real. They are not just a number.

"Their family may not even be alive 10 years from now, but if we are still reading those names and keeping those memories alive and making those cadets and people who come to the memorial understand what sacrifice they actually made, maybe we won't have that happen again," said Police Academy Commander Ed Villone.

A basket full of the names and pictures of all the fallen officers remain at Cushwa Hall and officers there hope people will come by and just remember one name to make sure their sacrifice lives on forever. 

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