FLEMINGTON, NJ – There was a solemn moment of silence here today followed by the ringing of the old Historic Courthouse bell - 16 times for the 16 residents of Hunterdon who lost their lives on the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.
“We will never forget that day of infamy, when the towers came down at the hands of terrorists,” said Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred Brown, who acted as emcee for the memorial service held at the Courthouse on Main Street this morning. “In the days after 9-11, we were not Democrats and Republicans, or left or right - we were all united as Americans. That’s what we need to get back to.”
The most moving story of that day was told by Gary Brewer, who was a police officer back then in Raritan Township. He was called into service as part of the rescue crew housed at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan, and serving onsite every day at Ground Zero.
“It looked like a bad movie set with all the concrete and debris. We were looking for live victims using rescue dogs,” Brewer said. “When the dogs could not find any, they’d get depressed and in order to help them continue their job, we helped them by playing games with them.”
There were about 75 attendees at the service, including Freeholders John Lanza, Matt Holt and Shawn Van Doren; state Assemblymembers Eric Peterson, John DiMaio and Roy Freiman; and Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver.