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9/11 bell dedication honors fallen first responders

9/11 First Responders Memorial Bell at Toledo Memorial Park. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

The shock that came over most of the world when nearly 3,000 people died in multiple terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 is still felt today.

343 of those deaths were firefighters.

The ringing of the bell is a tradition held for more than 200 years for fallen first responders and on Monday that honor was extended to local fallen heroes.

"I was fortunate, honored, all those good words to be the first person to ever ring the memorial bell this morning," said Sylvania Township Fire & EMS Chief Mike Ramm.

Just last year, the 9/11 First Responders Memorial was constructed at Toledo Memorial Park in honor of those men and women who died in the terrorist attacks.

But the park wanted to bring that honor closer to home with a bell dedication.

"To see everybody come here and honor and to still recognize the guys and gals that are doing it everyday. Yeah, we don't carry guns, we're not in Afghanistan but it's a daily fight here too," said Chief Ramm.

The bell was formed over the weekend with help from the community.

It's made from bronze and weighs more than 250 pounds.

For those in attendance at Monday's ceremony, the bell gives those who are gone a place to call home.

It's a place where if a person passes away, a first responder, they can be buried here," said one attendee of the ceremony.

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