Morris County’s annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony was held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Morris County September 11th Memorial in Parsippany. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. joined firemen, police officers, and EMTs from various Morris County municipalities for approximately one hour while the memories of the nearly 3,000 people lost on September 11, 2001, including 64 from Morris County, were honored.
Will Jimeno, a resident of Chester and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer, was the keynote speaker for the event. On September 11, 2001, Mr. Jimeno was trapped in the rubble below the South Tower of the World Trade Center with his Port Authority Police Department partner, Sgt. John McLoughlin. Although he believed he was facing imminent death below the ruins of the Towers, his desire to live for his family and fallen fellow officers allowed Will to survive the day. He continues to serve as an inspiration in the Morris County community.
The ceremony honored all of the lives lost on that fateful day, but had a special focus on the 64 Morris County residents who lost their lives in the attacks. Morris County Freeholder Christine Meyers read each of the 64 names, while Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo rang a bell in remembrance of each person. These victims have a permanent place at the Morris County Memorial, as their names are etched into plaques fixed along the monument.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “This was a beautiful service hosted by the county. Will Jimeno’s story is an inspiration to us all, and we are honored to have such an impressive man as a member of the Morris County community. We will always hold the approximately 3,000 people, especially those 64 citizens of Morris County, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in our hearts”.
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