Flags were lowered at half staff and a ceremonial wreath was laid outside the Ridge Road Fire District Headquarters on Long Pond Road in Greece.
Then at 8:46 a.m., a bell was rung, marking the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, 12 years ago.
Firefighters held their annual rememberance service to pay tribute to those who died in the attacks on America.
"We never can forget these people. It's most important thing that we never can forget our fallen brothers and sisters and their families," said Randy Jensen, Ridge Road Fire Department.
Nora Coco is humbled by the support she receives each year from firefighters. The Greece woman lost her brother in the attacks on the twin towers.
"Everyday, without my brother in the family, is an empty place at the table, it's an empty place at family events, so, but he's watching out for us and we feel his spirit every single solitary day," she said.
As firefighters paid tribute to those who died on that tragic day, many took time out to reflect and respect the job of the first responder.
"It's a dangerous job. From Christmas Eve in West Webster, to the wildland firefighters, it's a dangerous job. You can never take anything for granted," Jensen said.
One positive taken away from the act of terror: Americans came together in mourning and demonstrated their patriotism.
"The people on 9/11 were not paralyzed. They joined forces, they helped each other, they supported each other and that's what we have to do today," said Coco.
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Remembrance Service At PSB
A remembrance service was held at the Public Safety Building in Rochester Wednesday morning.
Mayor Tom Richards and County Executive Maggie Brooks joined the Rochester Fire, Police and Emergency Communication departments as they paid tribute to their fellow first responders who risked their lives on Sept. 11 and to remember those who died fighting 12 years ago.