HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The City of Hackensack hosted a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the City’s Fire Headquarters this Friday, September 11, at 10 a.m. The ceremony honored the Hackensack residents and the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.

Mayor John Labrosse addressed the crowd, “Today more than ever we must commit ourselves to never forget, parents must teach their children, grandparents should have discussions about it with their grandchildren. Make sure we never forget what happened to the thousands of American citizens and many non-Americans that perished that day at the hands of extreme Islamic terrorists.” Labrosse also recognized the members of the Hackensack Fire Department who perished from 9/11 related illness. “To our two firefighters who both passed due to 9/11-related disease, Dennis Walker and Richard Kubler, we will never forget. Your bravery and courage for what you did that day and how you fought your battles remains an inspiration to all of us.”

Earlier this year, Hackensack Fire Department member Richard Kubler passed away from complications from a 9/11-related illness. On September 11, 2001, Richard heard of the World Trade Center attacks and the following day rushed to the scene with other members of the fire department to assist in the rescue at Ground Zero.

This year is marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The City of Hackensack, Mayor and Council, Hackensack Police Department, and Fire Department worked in conjunction for this memorial service.