When Prairie Township Fire Chief Steve Feustel asked his firefighters how they wanted to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he thought they might choose to take a moment of silence or salute the flag in honor of Americans lost.

When Prairie Township Fire Chief Steve Feustel asked his firefighters how they wanted to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he thought they might choose to take a moment of silence or salute the flag in honor of Americans lost.

"I didn't expect them to come up with a project that included bricks, granite and a brass bell," Feustel said.

Even though the finer details of the proposed 9-11 memorial event are still in the works, Feustel said, the fire department plans to have a memorial service from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the firehouse on Inah Avenue. The announcement came at the Aug. 24 Prairie Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Not only will the new memorial be unveiled, but the new fire engine recently delivered will also be dedicated. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event, Feustel said.

"Sept. 11 brings home the fact that there were men who were so dedicated that they will do what it takes to save a life," Feustel said of the firefighters who gave their lives that day. "They went beyond the call of duty and they are the last great heroes of our country."

Feustel remembers the day well, but there are men within his fire department who were only 11 years old at the time.

"For those firefighters on that day, it was just go," Feustel said. "They knew what was going to happen when they went into those towers. They serve as inspiration to the firefighters in small towns. When faced with it, we go into danger when everyone is running away from it."

With pencil and paper, Feustel sketched the proposed memorial. It will be in the shape of a pentagon to symbolize the attack on Washington, D.C. The center of the pentagon will feature two small monuments in the shape of the twin towers, symbolizing the attack on New York City, and a brick with the inscription of Flight 93 will commemorate the plane that went down in Shanksville, Penn.

Trustees approved the donation of $600 to the firefighters association that will pay for the cost of a brass bell that will be added to the memorial. It is Feustel's hope to acquire a piece of the twin towers to add to the memorial in the future, he said.

"This country is still vulnerable and that is critical to understand," Feustel said. "Students and the people of the United States can look up to those firefighters who gave their lives that day."

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